Widespread flash floods claim 4 lives in Sharjah, UAE

Widespread flash floods claim 4 lives in Sharjah, UAE

Widespread flash floods caused by heavy rains hit the Emirate of Sharjah in UAE on May 26, 2020, killing four people and injuring several others near Wadi Al Helo.

The victims were initially reported to be missing after three vehicles were washed away by floods. The National Search and Rescue Center later discovered four bodies close to the Wadi Al Helo area.

Among the fatalities were two children identified as siblings-- a one-year-old boy and a six-year-old girl.

According to Sharjah Police, eight others survived the incident and at least two sustained severe injuries. Among the survivors were the children's elder brother, aged eight, and their father.

The third vehicle that was swept away included a family of five, who were all rescued.

"Police closed all main roads in that flooded area of Wadi Al Helo to protect lives of all road users," said major general Saif Ziri Al Shamsi, commander-in-chief of Sharjah Police.

"But some motorists used interior road, which could not be seen by police." He continued, "They put their lives at risk as a consequence."

Al Shamsi advised the public to keep away from valleys and mountains in the event of severe weather as the surroundings become hazardous. He also urged citizens to follow instructions issued by the Ministry of Interior and Sharjah Police.

Despite repeated warnings, people continue to visit wadis or dry riverbeds during heavy rain to enjoy the scenery. However, such actions turn dangerous with a number of people drowning in flash floods.

Drier conditions are expected across the nation on May 29.

Featured image credit: GulfMalayaly/YouTube

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