| 19 November, 2017

Sharjah all set to deal with rainy season

Municipality worked in full swing to develop integrated plan to deal with water clogging

Image used for illustrative purposes. Rain in Dubai, and other skyline seen as blur view behind.

Image used for illustrative purposes. Rain in Dubai, and other skyline seen as blur view behind.

Precautionary measures and preparations for the upcoming rainy season have been completed by the emergency committee of the Sharjah Municipality.

Thabit Al Turaifi, director-general of the Sharjah Municipality, said that all sections of the municipality worked in full swing to develop an integrated plan to deal with water clogging and ensuring smooth traffic flow during the rain.

"The municipality is making great efforts to achieve the highest level of safety and comfort to the public as well as maintaining the aesthetic image of the emirate. It has recently carried out intensified work to clean the openings of rainwater drainage networks throughout the city. It has also completed the necessary maintenance of equipment to deal with the water ponds."

Al Turaifi praised the efforts of the Higher Committee for Rain Emergency for their works last year in withdrawing water from the streets. He said the municipality is keen to ensure the safety of the workers and protect them from any risks that may be exposed to them during their work under unusual weather conditions. "They will be provided proper clothing and safety gears to clear rain pools and facilitate difficulties that may impede the completion of their work."

He urged the public to be cautious during the rains, follow the instructions of the authorities regarding the use of alternative roads, and not speed up on wet roads to avoid accidents. "Any emergency or water clogs can be reported by any communication mean - calling the municipality's hotline number 993, through smart services, or through the municipality website.

Hassan Al Tafa'q, assistant director-general of agriculture and environment, said the municipality works in constant coordination with the government departments concerned when the rain falls in order to ensure the completion of the work in the best possible way.

"The municipality has completed the maintenance to the drainage network in the city to be capable of absorbing large quantities of rainwater. Emergency teams will be deployed in vital areas during and after the rain," he said.

Reporting by Afkar Abdullah

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