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Heavy rain triggers flash floods in Dubai, schools and offices shut due to waterlogging

The normal life has been hit in Dubai as heavy rains triggered flashfloods in parts of the United Arab Emirates on Tuesday. Dubai witnessed rainfall of nearly 50 millimetres for over six hours — a heavy amount when the country as a whole averages under 120 millimetres of precipitation a year. According to an AP report, authorities sent crews out to collect downed tree limbs and open up drainage grates, though the rain quickly overwhelmed some areas. Dubai police also shut down portions of one major highway as traffic slowly crept through standing water on others.

Services hit at Dubai International Airport
Meanwhile, Dubai International Airport (DXB) temporarily diverted arriving flights on Tuesday evening owing to the squally weather. “Due to the intense storm, operations at @DXB were temporarily suspended for 25 minutes, but have since recommenced. There is major flooding on roads leading to the airport and forecasts indicate that the unsettled weather will continue till tomorrow morning,” the Dubai International Airport’s X handle posted. “Remember to check your flight status with your airline, allow significant extra travel time to the airport and use the Dubai Metro for smoother transit,” the notification read.

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