UAE ministry-led team assesses storm damage to begin repairs

The Minister of Infrastructure Development has inspected the damage caused by the rain in the worst hit areas in order to assess the situation and take the necessary actions to support the efforts of local governments.

Damage to roads and infrastructure has been inspected by Government officials so repairs can begin after some of the worst storms to hit the country in years.

The Minister of Infrastructure Development examined damage caused by the rain in the worst-hit areas to support the efforts of local authorities.

Engineers, technicians and other ministry staff have formed a team with volunteers across the emirates who want to help in dealing the impact of bad weather.

Volunteer training will be co-ordinated by professionals qualified to deal with crises.

Maintenance work at 40 dams and water channels is to begin next month. Other work will include cleaning lakes and repairing flood defences.

A two-year project beginning in October will extend Western Khorfakan Road, and rock installed on Yabsa Road will strength safety there. Plans and designs for the Dh150 million western ring road of the Khorfakan project were complete.

During the tour, Dr Abdullah Al Nuaimi, Minister of Infrastructure Development, said the new two-lane route would help divert traffic away from the city.

“The dual carriageway in both directions would be a bypass road to take heavy vehicles, which will help reduce traffic,” he said.

“Where the majority of cars head for the northern region, Dibba will take this route.”

Dr Al Nuaimi said the works would also mitigate the impact of floods on the neighbouring areas by 70 per cent. Rain water channels will be dug off the mountains into the drainage network.

Officials also inspected Sukumkom dam and remarked upon its great ability to protect the region in heavy rain.

The Qadisiyah water channel was found to be effective in helping drain and safely manage rainwater.