Dubai’s Catastrophic Floods Unveil Vulnerabilities


Dubai, often portrayed as the epitome of perfection on social media, faced an unparalleled crisis this week as torrential rains exposed the city’s vulnerability.

Over 48 hours, the United Arab Emirates witnessed a relentless onslaught of storms that obliterated Dubai’s picturesque facade. With a record-breaking 25cm (10in) of rainfall – double the yearly average – much of the city’s outdoor infrastructure succumbed to the deluge.

Jordache Ruffels, a British expat residing in Dubai, likened the experience to living through an apocalypse, as he watched furniture being swept away and roads transformed into raging rivers.

As the waters recede, hospitals brace for a surge in patients afflicted with waterborne diseases and infections. The unprecedented rainfall has already led to a spike in cases of fever, diarrhoea, and dysentery, with doctors anticipating further escalation.

The catastrophic floods have laid bare the inadequacies of Dubai’s weather infrastructure, unprepared for such an onslaught since 1949. Despite warnings, the city struggled to cope with the magnitude of the disaster.

In the aftermath, Dubai International Airport, a vital travel hub, descended into chaos. Cancelled flights and flooded runways left passengers stranded, grappling with logistical nightmares.

Among the stranded was Jo Reilly, whose harrowing ordeal included circling over the Gulf for hours and enduring stampedes at overcrowded terminals.

Despite the turmoil, there’s a glimmer of resilience as Dubai swiftly mobilizes to restore normalcy. Yet, vigilance remains crucial, with residents urged to take precautions against waterborne illnesses and mosquito breeding.

Dr Abdulkader advises boiling drinking water and avoiding stagnant water, while Dr Fiaz emphasizes the importance of thorough food hygiene.

In the face of adversity, Dubai stands united, weathering the storm and emerging stronger amidst the chaos.

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