Saturday, 21 September 2019 04:08 GMT

UAE- New dams, canals to be built in RAK to prevent flash floods

(MENAFN - Khaleej Times) With the recent flash floods ravaging several houses, farms and roads, the Ministry of Infrastructure Development vowed to put solutions in place.

Plans have been mapped out for the construction of dams, lakes, barriers and canals that will not only ensure people's safety but will also make the best use of rainwater.

Ahmad Al Hammadi, director of the roads department at the ministry, said the new plans would cover all the areas from Shaam to Al Fahleen, passing by mountainous sites.

The water current at Wadi Naqb, for one, shall be diverted to protect the houses around the area, he said.

"This valley had been dry for quite a long time, but it got flooded due to the recent downpour."

The floods at the Haqeel and Naqb valleys even led to the closure of three exits on the RAK ring road, Al Hammadi said.

Four years ago, there was a plan to build a canal at Wadi Haqeel to divert the rainwater to a nearby area, he said.

"The project was put on hold recently because some historical graves were discovered in the wadi. Hence, the team will be working on a new path for this canal to ensure the protection of nearby houses, farms, schools and roads."

Drainage operations are still under way, he said. Rain bridges, known as abbaras, are being unclogged, and wastes are being cleared from the roads.

"The department has put some barriers close to the RAK ring road, which is next to the flooded Wadi Naqb," Al Hammadi said.

Ahmed Shaaban Originally from Egypt, I have been in Dubai since December 2005. Before coming here, I worked as an English language instructor, chief En/Ar translator, proofreader, reporter in Egypt and Qatar. I have also worked as a reporter, correspondent and simultaneous translator with two satellite channels in Dubai. I have a masters degree in media, Cairo University, 2014, a bachelor degree in English language and translation, Ain Shams University, Cairo, 1996, and three post-graduate diplomas in English language and Instruction. With over 19 years of experience in translation, interpretation, EFL instruction, and reporting. I am interested in technology, aviation, politics, as well as community, parliament and defence issues. I enjoy reading, writing, exercising, and surfing the web.


UAE- New dams, canals to be built in RAK to prevent flash floods

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