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In Dubai, which was hit by a powerful storm with heavy rain, clean-up after the floods is underway. There are still disruptions at the airport, although two terminals have resumed operations.

Dubai, the largest city of the United Arab Emirates, was hit by a strong storm with heavy rainfall on Tuesday. Roads and subways were flooded, and Dubai International Airport (DXB) was also under water. Tuesday's storms with downpours and hail created a “historical meteorological event” – wrote the WAM news agency.

It turned out to be the heaviest rainfall to hit the United Arab Emirates in 75 years. In less than 24 hours, 254 liters of water per square meter fell in Al Ain, a city bordering Oman.

The flood damage is currently being cleaned up. City workers pump water from flooded streets. The damage caused by the element is being assessed.

Two terminals have resumed operation

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Difficulties at Dubai International Airport (DXB) began on Tuesday afternoon. Runways were flooded, causing many flights to be canceled and some delayed. Some passengers were stuck at the airport.

– People are just lying at the airport. There are not enough chairs for them to sit. They are sitting on the floor, said 39-year-old Kanish Kumar Deb Barman, who was supposed to fly to Kolkata, India, but got stuck at the airport in an interview with Reuters on Wednesday afternoon.

On Thursday morning, the airport said it had resumed accepting incoming flights at Terminal 1, which is used by foreign carriers, but disruptions persisted. A few hours later, it was announced that check-in for Emirates and Flydubai flights had resumed at Terminal 3. Airport officials warned in a statement that there was a large number of people waiting to check in and travelers should only arrive at the terminal if they had departure confirmation from their airline.

Difficulties at Dubai airportReuters

People were stuck at home for hours

Due to the storm and impassable roads, people were stuck in offices and homes for over 30 hours. One of the largest shopping centers in the world – Dubai Mall – was also flooded. The rain penetrated many single-family houses and even apartments in high-rise buildings. Some districts were even cut off from the world.

“It was the most terrifying situation I have ever experienced,” said a 30-year-old Dubai resident whose commute to work took more than 12 hours instead of 15 minutes.

In Dubai, cars were almost completely submerged in water. Long queues formed at gas stations. The flooding also reduced the multi-lane highway through Dubai to one lane and closed the main road connecting Dubai to Abu Dhabi.

Dubai was underwater after the storms. "Desert soil does not absorb water quickly enough"

Dubai was underwater after the storms. “Desert soil does not absorb water quickly enough”Katarzyna Sławińska/Fakty TVN

Reuters, The Guardian, CNN

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