Video: How Sharjah Police helped residents after flooding in Kalba
The video went viral on social media.
As floods brought about by Cyclone Kyarr inundated Sharjah's Kalba City, the police promptly reported for duty - wading in floods, moving trash bins around, and shovelling mud - all to keep the community safe and dry.
In a video that went viral on social media late Tuesday, the Sharjah Police were seen working together, checking on homes, and cleaning up roads.
Over 20 houses in Al Bardi area of Kalba City's eastern region were badly flooded as Cyclone Kyarr hit the Arabian Sea.
Strong winds created high waves that spilled over to the area. Seawater swamped roads, affecting several houses in the neighbourhood.
Authorities have evacuated a number of families, moved them to hotels, and provided them with food and other necessities. Power was also disconnected to prevent fire incidents and other risks.
Meanwhile, some roads near the coastal areas were closed following high waves that resulted in water entering inland in the aftermath of the cyclone. The flooding comes after the UAE weather department issued an alert regarding rough conditions in the Oman Sea.
The police urged all motorists to use alternative routes until the road is reopened, urging motorists to drive with caution.
The National Centre of Meteorology, NCM, on Wednesday warned sea-goers of rough sea as a result of fresh northwesterly winds that reach 40 kmph. In a statement issued by NCM said that wave heights are expected to reach up to 7-feet high over Oman Sea until Thursday.
The India Meteorological Department (IMD) also alerted about the Cyclone Kyarr and said that this extremely severe cyclonic storm has moved north-northwestwards with a speed of 4 kmph during the past six hours.
It is very likely to move west-northwestwards till today, re-curve west-southwestwards thereafter and move towards Gulf of Aden off south Oman-Yemen coasts during subsequent three days.
"It is very likely to weaken into a Very Severe Cyclonic Storm during the morning of October 30 and further into a Severe Cyclonic Storm by the morning of October 31," the IMD stated in its weather warning bulletin.