UAE braces for unstable weather

The non-emergency number 901 received 1,115 calls related to rains

The non-emergency number 901 received 1,115 calls related to rains

The non-emergency number 901 received 1,115 calls related to rains

Three people died and seven others were seriously injured in traffic accidents that took place on the rainy weekend in various parts of Sharjah. The traffic situation was compounded by the heavy showers and strong winds that were witnessed by the country over the past few days.

According to the police, a total of 9,016 calls and complaints were made to 999, all related to rain emergencies and accidents. The non-emergency number 901 also received 1,115 calls related to rains and requests for help.

Major Mohammed Al Gazal, director of the Sharjah Police operations department, said that the calls – which were classified based on its nature and its seriousness – were all addressed and dealt with immediately. “The police have responded to all calls and complaints quickly and professionally, 24 hours of the day, during these rains,” he said

Major Mohammed Allal, head of the traffic and patrol department, said speeding, failure to keep enough distance between cars and sudden diversions during the rain were the major causes of accident that were recorded during the weekend.

Motorists are urged to follow traffic rules, specially the speed limit, respect the rights of other motorists on the road and drive cautiously on both highways and internal roads.

Major Al Allai warned residents of Kalba, Dibba and Khor Fakkan of dangerous running water from valleys and advised them to stay away from areas around water dams.

Almost 1,500 accidents in Dubai

At least 1,447 accidents were recorded in Dubai during the weekend. The Department of Command and Control got a total of 20,653 rain-related calls.

Lt.-Col Turki Abdulrahman bin Fares, director of the command and control centre at the operations room, called on all drivers and road users to be cautious and avoid speeding. He called on drivers to check the weather through various media and to allow enough time to reach their destination to avoid serious traffic accidents. More info