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Life slowly returns to normal in Dubai as unprecedented rainstorm ends

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Life slowly returns to normal in Dubai as unprecedented rainstorm ends

2024-04-19 20:24 Last Updated At:04-20 03:58

The flood-hit United Arab Emirates is on a path back to normality after a record-breaking rainstorm triggered floods that had inundated roads, buildings and disrupted public transportation services.

The country typically known for its arid desert climate on Tuesday saw an average year's worth of precipitation in a single day, marking the highest recorded rainfall in the last 75 years since climate records started in 1949.

Dubai International Airport, one of the busiest airports in the world, cancelled 884 flights between Tuesday and Wednesday due to the significant weather event, local media reported.

Heavy downpours also flooded major roads, residential areas, shopping centers and hotels, with a large number of vehicles left stranded and damaged.

Municipal authorities in Dubai have stepped up emergency rescue and post-disaster recovery.

The Ministry of Interior announced on Wednesday night that people's life is gradually getting back on track as the rainfall came to an end.

Buses, taxis and tram services in Dubai have resumed normal operation on Thursday, with some subway lines still closed. Public schools across the city will extend remote learning and government employees will continue to work from home until the end of the week.

Life slowly returns to normal in Dubai as unprecedented rainstorm ends

Life slowly returns to normal in Dubai as unprecedented rainstorm ends

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Palestinian death toll in Gaza rises to 35,647: health authorities

2024-05-22 09:04 Last Updated At:10:37

The Palestinian death toll from the ongoing Israeli attacks on the Gaza Strip has risen to 35,647, health authorities in the Palestinian enclave said in a press statement on Tuesday.

Over the past 24 hours, the Israeli army killed 85 Palestinians and wounded 200 others, bringing the total death toll to 35,647 and injuries to 79,852 since the latest round of Palestinian-Israeli conflict broke out on October 7, 2023.

The health authorities also said that many casualties remain buried under the rubble, making it difficult for medical emergency and civil defense personnel to carry out rescue operations.

The Israeli army said in a statement that drones and fighter aircraft bombed nearly 70 "terrorist targets" in the Gaza Strip over the past 24 hours, including military buildings, weapons depots, warehouses, rocket launchers, surveillance units, and other military infrastructure.

Israeli forces killed a number of militants in the Jabalia area of the northern Gaza Strip, including a "terrorist group" that was shooting at soldiers, read the statement.

It added that Israeli forces were continuing their operations in the southernmost Gazan city of Rafah, where a drone killed a "terrorist" who was firing mortar shells at Israeli soldiers.

The Israel Defense Forces (IDF) announced on Tuesday that the Israeli military and Military Intelligence Directorate launched a joint military operation in the West Bank city of Jenin earlier Tuesday.

According to information from Israeli intelligence agencies, Palestinian armed personnel were active in the area. During the operation, the Israeli military engaged in firefights with the Palestinian armed personnel and destroyed a significant amount of infrastructure.

The Palestinian health ministry issued a statement on Tuesday, saying that on that day, the Israeli military killed seven Palestinians and injured 12 others in Jenin and the nearby refugee camp. Two of the injured are in serious condition.

Palestinian death toll in Gaza rises to 35,647: health authorities

Palestinian death toll in Gaza rises to 35,647: health authorities

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