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Posted On: 14 December 2009 02:40 pm
Updated On: 12 November 2020 02:10 pm

Heavy rains lash Qatar

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The country received the season’s heaviest rains yesterday. The MET office recorded 14.4mm rain across the country. “In the last two days, Qatar received rains equivalent to what the country usually receive for the whole of December,” MET officials revealed yesterday. The Central regions of Qatar recorded the maximum rate of rainfall during the last two days. Al Atouriyah received the maximum rate of rainfall – 41.5mm. Dun Afai (11.8mm), Al Nassraniya (17mm) and Muntazah (24.6) were among the other Central regions that received heavy rain. The Weather Bureau recorded 37mm rainfall in Ruwais and 29.5mm in Roudat Al Faras. Several roads in Doha Jadeed, Najma, Central market, New Salata, Ain Khalid and Duhail were submerged in rainwater giving hard times to the motorists. “I took more than 20 minutes to cover a one kilometre stretch in the central market area,” a cabbie told this paper. The emergency response cell at the Ministry of Municipal Affairs said they received hundreds of calls seeking help to drain out clogged water in their respective residential areas. Majority of the calls were from Old Doha area. “We have deployed hundreds of tankers to drain out the water. We would also seek the support of private tankers in case of demand,” said Abdulhadi Al Kuwari, Director, of the Emergency Committee. HMC Emergency Department reported several road accident cases during the last two days. The MET Department is not expecting rain for the next two days. It forecast a moderate temperature today with partly cloudy sky. The maximum temperature is expected to be 23 degree Celsius and minimum 17 degree.