In a shocking incident, a thirteen-year-old Emirati boy and his father (39 years old) died falling into a water hole flooded with water in Ras Al Khaimah. According to the Ras Al Khaimah Police, the son had fallen into the water hole accidentally following the heavy flooding and the father also jumped into the hole trying to rescue the son.
Ras Al Khaimah Police announced the death of a 13-year-old Emirati child and his Father
The incident happened at Wadi Shahah on Wednesday. The emergency rescue team reached the spot after they received a call and they were able to pull out the father and the son using inflatable boats but couldn’t save their lives.
The bodies of the deceased were transferred to an Emirates hospital and the burial was done on Wednesday evening.
Ras Al Khaimah received consistent rainfall on Wednesday that gave way to floods and water clogging in different regions. It made the Wadis overflow and caused waterfalls in the mountainous regions.
The National Center of Meteorology (NCM) had forecasted wet weather that would be lasting till Wednesday or Thursday following the onset of winter.
The temperature dropped together with rains and winds sweeping across different parts of the Emirate nation.
The Dubai Police issued a warning to motorists after the yellow and orange rain warning of the NCM.
They had advised the general public to take the necessary safety measures and also to stay away from areas that have the chance of flash floods and rainwater logging. The Dubai Police posted safety tips for motorists on social media. They are as follows:
- Reduce speed
The drivers on the highway should reduce the speeds of their vehicles as there are chances of skidding or the vehicle going off-balance because of wet roads.
- Keep extra distance between vehicles
Individuals should maintain double the normal distance between vehicles while driving on wet roads or in the rain to avoid accidents. The visibility on the roads may get affected due to rain and cold weather and maintaining a proper safe distance between vehicles can help in avoiding a lot of traffic mishaps.
- Use fog lights for better visibility
Turning on the fog lights on your vehicle will help you to gain better visibility on roads. This will also inform the vehicle in the opposite lane of your presence.
- Do not use mobile phones or other distractions while driving.
Please take extra caution to not use mobile phones or other devices that can distract your attention from driving. Always be vigilant while driving in bad weather conditions and follow the traffic rules.
- Use both hands on the steering wheel.
Always be careful to use both hands on your steering wheel while driving so that you can get maximum control over the vehicle. In case of some sudden turns, using both hands on the steering will help you make proper driving decisions.
The rains in the UAE and gulf nations, in general, can wreak havoc at times and last July month UAE faced one of its worst floods in recent times.
Around 850 people were rescued by the emergency rescue team from the flooded areas and seven Asian migrant workers lost their lives in the flood. A huge number of people had to be shifted to temporary shelters in Ras Al Khaimah, Fujairah, and Sharjah during the floods. The authorities have given a warning this time also to take safety steps in case of rain and bad weather.
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The municipalities said that they are prepared for dealing with the issue of water logging and blocks with the necessary tools and machinery at their disposal. Here are some precautions that should be taken during rain.
- Keep yourself updated with the latest weather reports. This will help you to be prepared for the weather beforehand.
- Stay away from the areas that are prone to flooding and water logging.
- Keep a torch or emergency light when you go outside in your vehicle.
- If there is heavy rain, then try to be indoors and go out only for emergencies.
- Keep all your electronic devices fully charged. Even though the UAE doesn’t have power cuts, it is always safe to be prepared.
Rains are mostly a welcome break from the desert climate but sometimes it can turn into a deluge and can cause destruction along the way. If you are outside during a heavy downpour and the water level has risen, then try not to walk through the water. Stay at a place and call the police or concerned authorities to help you out.
In a worst-case scenario, if the authorities are announcing an evacuation, always cooperate with them and do the necessary steps as advised by the officials. The weather department has observed that this is a short spell and won’t last through the week. This is a consolation for both the tourists and the residents of UAE as all of them are preparing for the New Year’s Eve celebrations.