Rain, strong winds disrupt life in UAE


NDMA warns of flash floods in Balochistan, KP, Punjab

Observer Report

Dubai/Islamabad—Schools in the United Arab Emirates were ordered to shut on Wednesday after rare heavy rain hit the desert Gulf state, causing flights to be suspended and flooding roads.
Education authorities said schools will also stay closed Thursday as more thundery weather is forecast.
Flights at Abu Dhabi airport resumed on Wednesday afternoon after being suspended for several hours, and Dubai International also experienced delays, aviation authorities said.
Images posted on social media showed vehicles half-submerged in flooded streets in Abu Dhabi. Abu Dhabi’s stock market said it suspended trading and cancelled all morning deals after many traders could not reach the bourse.
In Dubai, police registered more than 250 road accidents by midday, local media reported. The weather agency in the UAE, which ranks among the world’s 10 driest countries, said more rain is expected on Thursday.
The country’s annual rainfall stands at 78 millimetres (three inches), more than 15 times less than the amount for an average year in Britain.
Meanwhile, the National Disaster Management Authority (NDMA) has asked the concerned to take necessary measures to avoid loss of life and damage to property in Balochistan, Khyber Pakhtunkhwa, Punjab and Azad Kashmir due to likely flash floods.
The NDMA has directed rescue and relief agencies to remain ready to respond at a short notice, issue early warning to people in vulnerable areas, ensure monitoring of water ways thorough SMS and all possible ways and deploy required staff, place relief, rescue stocks in most vulnerable areas at union council level.
NDMA said Pakistan Meteorological Department (PMD) had predicted the decaying phase of prevailing EI-Nino was indicating some strong signals regarding extra ordinary rains in South Asia including Pakistan during the current month.
A strong weather system, located over Iran, is very likely to grip Balochistan on Thursday, producing widespread rains with heavy thunder showers at times very heavy in Zhob, Quetta, Sibbi, Kalat, Makran and Naseerabad Divisions during Thursday evening to Friday evening. Heavy thundershowers will trigger flash floods in the vulnerable areas of the province.
Under the influence of same weather system, widespread rains with heavy thundershowers at times very heavy expected in Khyber Pakhtunkhwa on Friday and Saturday generating flash floods in the vulnerable areas of the province.
The weather system is likely to grip most parts of south-western & north Punjab, Kashmir on Friday evening / night.
Widespread rains expected in Islamabad, Punjab (with isolated heavy falls in DG Khan, Sargodha, Rawalpindi, Gujranwala Divisions) and Kashmir on Saturday and Sunday.

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