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UAE needs to upgrade its sewerage system to cope with heavy rains

Filed on January 14, 2020 | Last updated on January 14, 2020 at 07.14 pm

We haven't experienced such heavy showers in the UAE before, and clearly the sewerage system in place is not enough to accommodate such a downpour. Global warming has created uneven patterns, even the desert is getting battered with rains. Hopefully, authorities will come up with some solution.

- Akinchan Jain, KT Facebook page

The sewerage and drainage masterplan in the UAE should aim at expanding the capacity of the existing system to cope well with such heavy rains.

-Shamal Kanti Nath, KT website

We stay in Sharjah and we face the hardest time. Muweilah area is inundated, streets near schools, and the new road towards Maliha area have turned into a stream. Many people have incurred losses and damages to their vehicles. We residents need help; at least the water should be pumped out of the roads soon.

- Poppin-Debjani Mitra, KT Facebook page

In my opinion, the situation would have been much better and casualties much lesser if the rainy days were declared mandatory off-days for all sectors except the most required ones - especially when the weather is predictable and forecasted that it would rain heavily (Nearly 1,900 traffic accidents in Dubai because of rain; KT, Jan 12). We could compensate for the loss of a working day or two by working on Saturdays, for instance. This way, we can reduce the number of emergency calls to the cops, there will be less stranded vehicles on roads, and a lot less chaos.

-Adheip Pal, KT website

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