Video: Streets in UAE flooded after thunderstorms, heavy rains

Ashwani Kumar /Abu Dhabi Filed on March 23, 2020 | Last updated on March 23, 2020 at 12.03 am

(KT/M Sajjad)

Overnight rains left multiple streets in Dubai and Sharjah flooded on Sunday.

Heavy rains, thunderstorms and hail continued to lash different parts of the country on Sunday. Brace for a cold and windy day today as more rains are forecast, with a dip in temperature.

Overnight rains left multiple streets in Dubai and Sharjah flooded on Sunday. And on the day, all the emirates received moderate to heavy rains. Wadis overflowed in many areas. The lowest temperature recorded was a chilly 10 degrees Celsius.

By afternoon, the National Centre of Meteorology (NCM) issued an alert, urging motorists to drive carefully on internal roads and highways, and to stay away from valleys and flooded areas. The weatherman said rains of different intensity will hit the country on Monday and the spell is set to continue till Wednesday. "It will be cloudy. There will be rainfall with lightning and thunder at times over different areas during the daytime. Rain will continue during the night. Moderate to fresh and strong winds with speeds of up to 60kmphr will blow at times over the sea."

Varsity building evacuated

The incessant spell of shower and strong winds led to "localised flooding" on the New York University Abu Dhabi campus, resulting in the temporary evacuation of a building.

"NYU Abu Dhabi can confirm that due to severe weather conditions, some localised flooding occurred on campus and a building has been temporarily evacuated. There were no injuries as a result of this incident. The appropriate response teams are in place and NYUAD community members have been advised to avoid the area until further notice," the university told Khaleej Times in a statement.


Ashwani Kumar

I am a newspaperman from the emirate of Abu Dhabi. A journalist at heart. I get my stories from the streets. A south Indian born in the Hindi heartland, I easily connect with people from different nationalities and cultures. I am calm like a monk, sensitive and very patient reporter. On the ground, I cover a range of topics related to community, health, embassy, tourism, transport, business and sports. I will go out on a leg to do what’s right and stand by what I believe in.

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