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UAE Allocates $544 Million for Post-Rain Repairs Following Last Week’s Deluge

Boom RadioNG | April 24, 2024

The United Arab Emirates has today announced $544 million has been set aside to repair the homes of Emirati families after last week’s record rains caused widespread floods across the emirate.

This was announced by the Prime minister Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid al-Maktoum after a cabinet meeting stating that ministers approved “two billion dirhams to deal with damage to the homes of citizens”.

Announcing this on social media, the prime minister added that Cabinet ministers also formed a second committee to log infrastructure damage and propose solutions.

This announcement comes more than a week after the unprecedented torrential rainfall lashed the desert country, where it turned streets into rivers and brought the world’s busiest airport, Dubai airport to a halt.

Prime minister Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid al-Maktoum

The rainfall which was the UAE’s heaviest since records began 75 years ago, caused the death of at least four people, including three Filipino workers and one Emirati but there hasn’t been an official toll from the authorities yet.

The storm dumped up to two years’ worth of rain in a few days and had subsided by last Wednesday but caused severe disruptions to the one-time picturesque city with water-clogged roads and flooded homes.

Dubai airport also had to cancel 2,155 flights, divert 115 and did not return to full capacity until yesterday, Tuesday.

 

Dolupo Balogun

Written by Boom RadioNG

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