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UAE Announces Dh2 Billion Fund to Help Residents Repair Rain-damaged Homes

Establishes ministerial committee to evaluate damages and allocate compensation

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Published on April 25, 2024, 10:23:17


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The UAE has announced a Dh2 billion fund to assist citizens in repairing homes damaged during last week's unprecedented rainfall and ensuing floods. A ministerial committee has been established to evaluate damages and allocate compensation.

His Highness Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Vice-President and Prime Minister of the UAE and Ruler of Dubai, described the recent rainfall as unprecedented. The country's emergency response centres received over 200,000 distress calls from residents, underscoring the extensive damage to residential properties.

On Tuesday, April 16, the UAE experienced a year's worth of rain in a single day. Within 24 hours, the country received 6.04 billion cubic meters of rainwater, nearly matching its annual total of 6.7 billion cubic meters. This led to flooding in numerous communities and homes, resulting in flight cancellations, disruptions in public transport, and motorists stranded on waterlogged roads.

"The severity of this weather situation was unparalleled. However, we are a nation that learns from every experience and progresses," stated Sheikh Mohammed during a Cabinet meeting in Abu Dhabi.

Over 17,000 security and emergency personnel responded to the aftermath of the rains, with thousands of volunteers assisting in rescue operations, traffic management, and delivering essentials to those unable to leave their homes.

Reflecting on the positive aspects of the record-breaking rainfall, the Vice-President noted: "Our dams are full, our valleys are flowing, and our groundwater reserves have increased. We have gained valuable insights into managing severe rains and have enhanced our preparedness for the future."

His Highness Sheikh Mohamed emphasised the UAE government's commitment to the safety and security of citizens and residents following the rains. He instructed authorities to evaluate the country's infrastructure and mitigate flood-related damage.

Tragically, at least four individuals lost their lives during the floods. One Emirati was swept away in a valley, while two Filipinos suffocated in their vehicle during the flood, and another person passed away in an accident

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