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Heavy Rains Cause Flooding and Deaths in UAE and Oman: Schools Close, Flights Disrupted, and Emergency Response Underway

Heavy Rains Cause Flooding and Deaths in UAE and Oman: Schools Close, Flights Disrupted, and Emergency Response Underway

Heavy rains caused flooding and disruptions in the United Arab Emirates (UAE) and neighboring Oman on Tuesday.
In Dubai, major highways were flooded, leaving vehicles abandoned.

The death toll from heavy flooding in Oman rose to 18 with more people missing.

The rains began overnight and caused massive ponds on streets, disrupting flights at Dubai International Airport.

Emergency personnel and police drove through the flooded streets, and the Burj Khalifa was struck by lightning.

Schools in the UAE, a desert nation in the Arabian Peninsula, closed and many government employees worked from home as heavy rainfall caused widespread flooding.

Unfortunate commuters found their vehicles stalled in deep water on roads lacking proper drainage.

Authorities responded by sending out tanker trucks to pump away the water.

While rain is rare in the UAE, it occurs during the winter months.

Initial estimates suggested over an inch of rain fell in Dubai, with up to 5 inches expected throughout the day.

Heavy rains caused deaths in Oman, including 10 schoolchildren, while rainfall was reported in Bahrain, Qatar, and Saudi Arabia.

The National Committee for Emergency Management in Oman reported a total of at least 18 fatalities.

Condolences were expressed by rulers in the region following the tragic loss of the schoolchildren.
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