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Video: Flash showers, thunder and lightning hit Ras Al Khaimah

Ahmed Shaaban /Ras Al Khaimah
ahmedshaaban@khaleejtimes.com Filed on May 17, 2020
Flash showers, thunder and lightning, Ras Al Khaimah

(Supplied photo)

The department of public works has deployed tens of workers and tankers to drain out the accumulated rainwater from the flooded roads.

Heavy to moderate showers accompanied by thunder and lightning lashed the emirate of Ras Al Khaimah on Saturday.

The mountainous areas and valleys in the emirate, mainly the Shawka region, witnessed torrential rain, the locals said.

"It had been raining hard here in Shawka," Mohamed Ibrahim, an Emirati national, told Khaleej Times.

"Al Naqb valley and nearby mountains saw heavy downpour."
Abdullah Saeed, an Emirati national, said the Al Naqb valley is mostly flooded with seasonal showers.

"Hopefully, the roads are not cut off as was the case during the last rain."

"Some landslides and uprooted trees were reported as well due to the strong wind and heavy showers."

The department of public works in RAK has deployed tens of workers, pumping machines and tankers to drain out the accumulated rainwater from the flooded roads.

"The emergency teams are attending to all rain-related reports," said Ahmad Muhammad Al Hammadi, director-general of the department.

"Most of the reports handled are about accumulated pools of water across the emirate, while the others are about uprooted trees, fallen rocks, cut-off roads, and landslides."

The department tankers are doing trips to clear the roads of the accumulated water, he added. "All the collected water is going into special ground reservoirs."

"The department, in collaboration with the RAK Municipality, has altered the water current in the 20-metre-deep Naqb Valley, which can store up to two million cubic metres on a total area of 100,000 square metres, to prevent the flooding of nearby Fahleen area."

ahmedshaaban@khaleejtimes.com

 

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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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