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Dubai Grapples With Devastating Flood: Streets Transformed into Waterways!

The most picture-perfect city in the world is going through an apocalyptic flood after a storm hit its skyline on Tuesday. Hundreds of commuters had to leave their vehicles stranded as the roads were blocked entirely.

The torrent was not unprecedented. Residents in Dubai were aware of an upcoming storm, but not even the weather forecasters could have known its exact parameters.

According to reports, almost a year and a half of rainwater fell over the city within 24 hours. Highways and roads were covered in 10 inches or 25 cm deep rainwater, causing chaos in the streets. There are viral videos online showcasing stranded commuters on highways unable to move their vehicles any further.

The situation is the same for travelers trying to fly outside the city. The Dubai International Airport is currently under 5 inches of rain water, while it is only prepared for 3 inches on average throughout the year.

Frustrated customers who had a connecting flight from Dubai were seen sleeping on the airport premises. Jo Relly, a British tourist also waiting for his flight, drew the picture in front of us. “Emirates are saying there are no hotel rooms, so I said, 'Oh, so we're just to carry on sleeping on the floor?' And they said, 'Yes, go make yourself comfortable over there' and pointed to the corner of the check-in area."

Dubai International Airport commented, "As much as possible, we've been providing necessary assistance and amenities to affected guests, but it's taken longer than we would have liked due to road blockages."

Social media is rife with people blaming the UAE’s recent “cloud seeding” for the unprecedented deluge. Dubai has been using an artificial cloud seeding technique every year since 1990 to manipulate clouds and the influx of rain. However, NCM has denied such allegations, stating, “One of the basic principles of cloud seeding is that you have to target clouds in their early stage before it rains; if you have a severe thunderstorm situation, then it is too late to conduct any seeding operation.”

Caroline, 29, who was shopping in a mall when the storm hit, recalls, “The mall was flooded, and the ceilings were collapsing. "We were told to leave, but the metro was shut, and the taxis were not running. We were stranded, and we had to sleep in the mall lobby overnight."

Tuesday’s torrential rain is the worst weather calamity to strike Dubai since 1949. The King has ordered government workers to work from home for the time being and has reassured them to take necessary steps to limit infrastructure damage.

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