Waterlogged roads in Dubai to be cleared by today

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By Sajila Saseendran  www.khaleejtimes.com

Dubai — Major waterlogging on Dubai roads as a result of the heavy rains the emirate witnessed in the last two days will be cleared by today, a senior Dubai Municipality official said. Emergency teams are working round the clock to handle rain-related issues.

“After the recent revamping of the rain committee as ‘Ghaith Dubai’ team, the municipality’s resource management has become stronger and more effective as four departments have been assigned to handle rain-related issues,” Mohammed Ahmed Al Rayees, Head of the Sewage and Drainage Executive Section at the Drainage and Irrigation Network Department, told Khaleej Times.

These are the departments of drainage and irrigation; drainage and irrigation network; waste management; and parks and horticulture. “Our people are working round the clock in two shifts. The resources are allocated to places not connected to the network (drainage/storm water).”

The number of portable diesel pumps used to drain rainwater was increased from 42 to 80 on Monday night, with the maximum rainfall reaching 10mm at about 1am. “Our network has the capacity to hold 25mm of rainfall. These pumps are used in areas not connected to the network that is linked to 51 pump stations. The number of complaints received from Rashidiya has come down because of the extension of the network there.” More info