Heavy rain in UAE causes over Dh300,000 in losses and lost passports in Kalba

More than seven days have elapsed since the eastern coast of the UAE, particularly certain districts of Kalba, was besieged by heavy rainfall, leaving a trail of destruction in its wake.

As the floodwaters gradually retreated, residents returned to scenes of devastation, confronting the arduous task of cleaning up and replacing damaged possessions. The aftermath of the deluge has been particularly distressing for many, with reports of lost passports and irreparably damaged belongings exacerbating the challenges they face.

Iftikar Alam, a resident of Mughaider, Kalba, who works as a stockkeeper, remains apprehensive about the fate of his passport, fearing it may have been swept away during the flooding. Reflecting on the events of that fateful night, Alam recounts being abruptly awakened by his uncle and hastily gathering essential items before evacuating their inundated home. The uncertainty surrounding the safety of his passport has weighed heavily on his mind in the days that followed.

The catastrophic impact of the heavy rains is evident in the scenes of destruction that now pervade Kalba. Countless households have been left grappling with the wreckage of waterlogged furniture and household items, prompting a daunting endeavor to salvage what can be salvaged and replace what cannot. Pramod Pattanoor, a central committee secretary at the Kairali Cultural Association Fujairah Kalba Unit, laments the extensive damage inflicted upon their homes, noting the daunting prospect of procuring replacements and undertaking extensive cleaning efforts.

The adverse effects of the calamity extend beyond the personal realm, with local businesses bearing a substantial brunt of the aftermath. Enterprises in various sectors, from furniture establishments to construction contractors, find themselves grappling with immense losses stemming from damaged inventory, infrastructure, and operational disruptions. The financial toll on these businesses, compounded by the uncertainty of recovery and repair costs, underscores the far-reaching repercussions of the natural disaster that befell Kalba.

As affected residents and businesses embark on the formidable journey of recovery and restoration, the resilience and solidarity of the community are put to the test. While the road ahead may be fraught with challenges, the unwavering resolve to rebuild and overcome adversity serves as a beacon of hope in the face of adversity.

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