Heavy rains lash Saudi Arabia, United Arab Emirates

Saudi Civil Defense gears up to face emergency cases resulting from heavy rains

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Heavy rain fell in some parts of the United Arab Emirates, including Dubai, Abu Dhabi and Sharjah on Tuesday, with more showers expected later.

On Monday, the Center of Meteorology and Seismology said the weather was unstable and advised people to stay away from the sea and take care if venturing out in the rain and wind.

The center also expects a dip in temperatures and conditions are set to continue until at least Wednesday, UAE-based Gulf News reported.

“The change in weather has been caused by a surface low pressure area coming from eastern Saudi Arabia. The sea is stormy with around 1.8-metre to 2.7-metre high waves in the Arabian Gulf and could become even rougher, said the national weather bureau. Conditions were said to be similar in the Sea of Oman,” the newspaper added.

Some parts of Saudi Arabia were flooded on Monday following heavy rainfall that are expected to last for several days, Al Arabiya News Channel reported.

Parts of the Eastern Province as well as the western city of Taif were the most affected by the rainfall.

The flooding caused traffic chaos in some parts of Taif, prompting the traffic department to temporarily ban heavy vehicles from entering the city.

In the capital Riyadh, the Saudi Civil Defense said it received about 8,212 emergency calls related to the flooding in the past 24 hours. People called to report about accidents, car breakdowns, and other general inquiries.

The Saudi meteorological department said most parts of the kingdom will witness heavy rain showers and hail.

Riyadh’s civil defense spokesperson, Major Mohammad al-Hammadi, said emergency services and contingency plans are readied at all levels to deal emergency situations.

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