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Flood-hit Ras Al Khaimah residents to be compensated

Filed on November 21, 2013

The RAK Police has further warned beach- and valley-goers and motorists about unstable weather in the coming two days.


The Relief Committee of the Ministry of Social Affairs in Ras Al Khaimah has decided to discharge urgent compensation to the people affected by the torrential rains which lashed the emirate in recent days.

A senior official here said some social researchers have been dispatched to the Shaml area located at the bottom of Haqeel Valley; one of the worst-hit areas by flash floods, to check and evaluate the damage caused to the houses of Emiratis there.

Acting undersecretary and chairman of the Relief Committee Naji Al Hay, said a detailed report by the researchers will be submitted on each and every house in collaboration with the Civil Defence department in the emirate. “All ministry staffers have been summoned from their leave to participate in the examination and evaluation process which started on Tuesday.”

Al Hay said the immediate aid and necessary requirements shall all be distributed through the cooperative societies of the emirate. “The relief amounts shall be distributed individually as per the condition of every case.”

Emirati Ahmed Obeid of Rashid District said his house, where 14 people are staying, has been affected by the showers. “Large amounts of water have filled my house and destroyed all the furniture inside.”

Obeid added that he has maintained the house he has been staying in since the eighties several times. “We would appreciate if the 300 houses of the locality are rebuilt as evaluated by the committee in charge of implementing the initiatives of the President, His Highness Shaikh Khalifa bin Zayed Al Nahyan.”

Meanwhile, a massive outage in water supply at the Rashid district of Al Rams area was attributed to an Emirati national who broke the main pipe providing the locality with water.

Mohammed Khalil Al Shamsi, official spokesman of the Federal Electricity and Water Authority (Fewa) said the man was trying to remove the water accumulating in front of his house using a shovel.

The RAK Police has further warned beach- and valley-goers and motorists about unstable weather in the coming two days — Thursday and Friday — as per a report issued by the National Center of Meteorology & Seismology in the UAE.

Director of the RAK department of Public Works and Services, Engineer Mohammed Al Hammadi, said they have already finished sucking up to 90 per cent of the rain waters which flooded the Rashid district of Al Rams city. “The Department is fully geared up for the expected showers on Thursday.”

ahmedshaaban@khaleejtimes.com





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