More than 80m litres of rainwater collected in dams across the UAE

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About 83.2 million litres of rainwater have been collected in dams across the country after heavy rain this week.

Sultan Alwan, the assistant undersecretary for water resources and nature conservation at the Ministry of Water and Environment, said the largest amount of rainfall, 53.6mm, was reported in Rakna station, while Khatam Al Shakla station, near the border of Oman, recorded 51.4mm.

After-effects of heavy rain felt across the UAE

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Rainwater entered homes and schools in the Northern Emirates, and flooded roads in Sharjah and Dubai on Tuesday, with municipal workers wading knee-deep to clear drains after heavy overnight showers.

Dubai Police repeated warnings to motorists to keep a safe distance between vehicles, after three people died following Monday’s thunderstorm.

Dh18.3m programme to stimulate rainfall in UAE is launched

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A programme aimed at stimulating rainfall to increase water security in the UAE was launched by the Ministry of Presidential Affairs on Tuesday.

Managed by the National Centre for Meteorology and Seismology (NCMS), the Dh18.3 million programme will recruit scientists and researchers over the next three years to contribute research and innovation in the field of rain enhancement.

“Water is an extremely important element for us due to the water scarcity in the UAE,” said Ahmed Al Zaabi, Deputy Minister of Presidential Affairs. “The UAE always seeks to find new techniques to save water and increase efficiency including through cloud seeding, desalination, use of solar energy and all other available sources of energy.”

Fish prices on the rise as bad weather hampers UAE fishermen

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Weather and climate change has led to an increase in the prices of Emiratis favourite fishes in Dubai, with some up by as much as 40 per cent.

According to Al Ittihad, the Arabic sister paper of The National, this led consumers to file complaints and ask authorities to curb increases and minimise it over the coming period, knowing that the wintry weather is still causing instabilities and high waves.