UAE: Police urge residents to stay away from flood-affected areas

The authority also offered advice on what to do in case of emergency


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Published: Thu 28 Jul 2022, 2:23 PM

Last updated: Thu 28 Jul 2022, 3:02 PM

The Sharjah Police have appealed to residents to not go to the country’s eastern region, unless absolutely necessary, as unstable weather conditions continue. In an advisory posted on social media, the police told residents to wait for torrential rains and flash floods to clear.

The National Centre of Meteorology (NCM) has issued a code-red alert for some areas. Red signifies ‘hazardous weather events of exceptional severity are forecast’ and residents are to remain “extremely vigilant”:

Residents usually drive to mountains and valleys of the eastern region when it rains.

Confirming readiness to deal with emergencies, the Sharjah Police told residents to adhere to safety directives. Residents and visitors in the area have been told to stay away from valleys and areas that are prone to flash floods. Motorists must not drive to these areas as vehicles could break down in the middle of flooded valleys.

The police have called on residents to call on 999 in case of any emergencies.

Rains continue to lash the eastern region and rescue operations are in full swing. The Ministry of Interior shared a video earlier, showing how authorities are working around the clock to clear streets and carry out rescue operations:

With vehicles being swept away in flash floods, residents of rain-affected areas working in both public and private sectors were given the option to work from home. The Ministry of Interior advised residents in affected areas to not leave homes except if absolutely necessary.


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