100s Evacuated in Fujairah, UAE

After reports of at least 3 people drowning in flash floods in Hail in the north west of Saudia Arabia, the Persian Gulf region has seen further severe weather resulting in flash floods in Fujairah, United Arab Emirates.

While parts of the UAE experienced sand and dust clouds, Fujairah was hit by heavy rainfall resulting in at least 60 families having to evacuate from their homes. The displaced are currently living in temporary accommodation. The flooding is understood to have caused some damage to houses of those displaced as well as some public buildings.

Photo: khaleejtimes.com
Photo: khaleejtimes.com

The area around Abu Dhabi also saw some rainfall, with as much as 34.6mm of rain falling in Sweihan (also known as Swaihan or Suwayḩān) in the Al Ain region over the weekend.

The weather currently affecting the UAE is thought to be a result of strong winds of up to 55 kph blowing from the north of the Arabian Gulf. The severe weather, which also brought hailstorms to some areas, first began on Saturday 15 March 2014 and is predicted to last at least until today, Monday 17 March.

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Sources: The National; Khaleej Times