Al Tunaiji said the specialized police teams worked in coordination with the National Emergency and Crisis and Disasters Management Authority to respond to any emergencies as a result of torrential rains and floods in several regions of the country.
This is due to a surface air depression in the country extending from the east to the west, accompanied by an extension of an air depression in the upper layers of the atmosphere.
The Centre also confirmed that it is following the situation around the clock and would continue brief the public on the latest developments, calling on the public, road users and motorists to exercise precautions when driving during rain, and to avoid nearing surface runoffs and pools of rainwater. It also appealed to members of the society to follow the bulletins and reports issued by the NCM and not to circulate rumors.
The National Guard and the state police used helicopters and boats to rescue dozens of people from homes and vehicles.
The UAE weather body said rain accompanied at times by lightning and thunder fell on most areas of the country on Wednesday, causing valleys to be flooded and water to accumulate in some areas. The highest rainfall volume in the country was recorded in 27 years during July in Fujairah Port at 221.8 mm.
Khadim said the initiative was launched in cooperation with the competent authorities represented by the General Command of Sharjah Police, Civil Defence, the National Authority for Crisis, Emergency and Disaster Management, the Department of Social Services, and the Emergency Housing Department to support Sharjah Charity’s humanitarian role.
Hessa directed the task force to put a plan for the next phase regarding effects of rain and floods in the eastern region in terms of cleaning of the affected areas by the volunteers in cooperation with the competent authorities.
External roads connecting Sharjah with the cities of the Eastern Region have been fully reopened to traffic movement, including Sharjah-Kalba Road, Sharjah-Khorfakkan Road, in addition to the internal streets in Khorfakkan.
The SRTA has announced that as of Saturday (July 30, 2022), the passenger transportation service to the Eastern Region via intercity buses to the City Center point in the Emirate of Fujairah has been resumed.