Jabal Jais Road in north of Ras Al Khaimah reopens after maintenance work

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Jabal Jais Road in north of Ras Al Khaimah reopens after maintenance work

Road was closed due to rock slides after heavy rains in Ras Al Khaimah last week.

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Published: Wed 29 Jan 2014, 11:53 PM

Last updated: Sat 4 Apr 2015, 6:53 AM

The Jabal Jais Road in the north of Ras Al Khaimah has been reopened days after it was closed following rock slides after heavy rains lashed the emirate. The Department of Public Works and Services has cleared all the rocks and rubbles left behind after the rains, and secured the vital road.

A senior official said the department has also carried out maintenance work in all the internal roads and highways affected by the showers. Ahmed Al Hammadi, Director-General of the department, said they gave more attention to the northern and southern areas of the emirate where most houses and roads were flooded and damaged by the rains. “We have removed all the rocks and rubbles that blocked some roads, particularly in the Jabal Jais area, and secured the mountain there to prevent any rock slides in the future.”

He said the department has carried out maintenance work on roads at the Shaml, Rams, and Ghalila areas to the north of the emirate. “The areas of Manaei, Shawkah, Asfini, and Asfi to the south were also maintained.”

Jassim Al Nuaimi, Head of the Follow-up section at the department, said they used all the available equipment and tools in the maintenance works. “We have given priority to the critical roads used by Emiratis and residents.

“The Shaml area hasn’t seen such unprecedented heavy rains for over 80 years, in which many houses, roads and farms there were flooded and destroyed.”

Residents of the areas affected by the rains urged the bodies concerned to divert or block the water because their houses and properties have been flooded, cracked and heavily affected. “My farm was flooded and my house cracked due to the rains, and we are afraid to go through the same experience again with the predicted rains by the end of this week,” said Ali Salem, a resident of Shaml area.

School students were either trapped home or sent back due to the heavy rains recently, said Mohammed Ali, a resident at the Ghalila Valley.

As per the latest weather bulletin issued by the National Centre of Meteorology and Seismology (NCMS) on Tuesday, unstable weather will continue in the country, with increased clouds amount over scattered areas — especially over the coasts — with a chance of rainfall and a fall in temperatures.

ahmedshaaban@khaleejtimes.com


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