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570 Rescued And 300+ Cars Swept Away As RAK Experiences Major Flooding

Flash floods in the mountainous regions of Ras Al Khaimah have caused havoc, with cars getting swept away and people left stranded at high altitudes.

570 rescued from mountains in Ras Al Khaimah

From Jebel Yanas to Jebel Jais and Wadi Ghalilah, more than 570 stranded visitors on Ras Al Khaimah’s mountainous regions were ushered to safety by the superb police rescue teams. 170 of them were airlifted, 20 at a time. Some were left stranded on the mountains overnight with their vehicles.

Photograph credit: RAK Police

300+ SUVs and trucks swept away after flash floods

Over the last two days, the UAE’s National Centre of Meteorology published a series of videos showing the impact of flash floods on mountainous regions in the northern emirates, including waterfalls, damaged roads and flooded areas around mountains, leading to SUVs and commercial trucks getting swept away in floods. Some vehicles required police patrol to tow them out, with the help of bystanders. Check it out:

Advisory issued

RAK Police issued a caution for motorists, warning them to avoid overtaking or speeding and to maintain a safe distance from other cars. Major Gen Ali Al Nuaimi, head of RAK Police, said, “We also ask drivers to keep double safe distance between vehicles on the roads and avoid overtaking, as well as driving at lower speeds, avoid going to mountainous and valley areas where there could be flooding. And avoid going to the sea.”

RAK Police clarifies rumours about Wadi Bih and Jebel Jais

Taking to social media, RAK Police clarified two of Ras Al Khaimah’s mountains, Jebel Jais and Wadi Bih as safe. All trekkers, campers and visitors have been evacuated from the mountains by rescue teams. The police say, “We call upon members of the public not to circulate information other than what has been released by official sources, and not to publish any information without verifying its authenticity.”