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Landslides after heavy rain in UAE blamed on higher level roads

Ahmed Shaaban /Ras Al Khaimah
ahmedshaaban@khaleejtimes.com Filed on December 8, 2019 | Last updated on December 8, 2019 at 11.40 am
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When it rains, the water falls on the roads, and then slides to the parallel lower-level lands.

While Ras Al Khaimah has seen a number of landslides following the recent heavy showers, the authorities here have blamed these to the imbalance between these roads and nearby areas.

"The level of these roads, where repetitive landslides were reported, is higher than the lands along them," said Eng Ahmad Ban, General Manager of Works Institution, Department of Public Works.

When it rains, the water falls on the roads, and then slides to the parallel lower-level lands.

"It then infiltrates into the sand and gravel stones on the road side."

The infiltrating water wears away the sides of the roads, leading to their destabilisation and collapse, and finally ending up in the repetitive landslides."

The works institution has run a field survey to identify the reasons behind these repetitive landslides, he stated.

"We have reached very efficient solutions to be implements in the beginning of 2020."

He added that most of the reported landslides were in Al Dheit, Al Shuhada Road, and the area extending between the Sheikh Mohammed bin Zayed Road to Al Saedi Road.

"This is due to the high level of the roads at these areas as compared to the nearby lands."
ahmedshaaban@khaleejtimes.com

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Ahmed Shaaban

Originally from Egypt, I am a sound professional with a 23-year diverse experience as a researcher, lecturer, instructor, reporter, journalist, copy writer, translator, interpreter, proofreader, correspondent, and voice-over specialist with so many public and private entities in USA, UAE and Egypt. I have full command of all English and Arabic languages skills. I have a “Doctorate of Business Administration” degree, Swiss Business School. I have two Master’s degrees; one in Media Sciences, Mass Communication College, Cairo University, 2014, and one in Applied Business Research, Swiss Business School, 2018. I have a bachelor’s degree in English Language and Translation, Al-Alsun College for Languages & Translation, Ain Shams University, Egypt, 1996. I have three post graduate diplomas in Education, Curricula and Instruction, and Islamic Studies. I enjoy reading, writing and adventuring.


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