Thunder & Rains: 147 crashes… in just 4 hours in Dubai

By Divi S.

DUBAI 27 November 2018: The Dubai Police Command and Control Unit received over 2,500 emergency calls and recorded 147 traffic accidents yesterday from 6 am to 10 am.

Meanwhile, the National Centre of Meteorology (NCM) has warned sea-vessels in the offshore Oman Sea of fresh northwesterly winds.

In a statement, the centre said that wind speed is expected to reach 40 km/h, and rough waves will be between 4 to 6 feet in depth until 8 pm today, said Wam.

Motorists are urged to keep a safe distance between cars and adjust their speed to the weather conditions, said Colonel Muhammad Al Muhairi, Acting Director of Command and Control Centre at Dubai Police.

“Allow extra time for your journey and check your planned route. It’s also advisable to slow down as rain makes roads slippery,” he added.

Dubai Police Control Room

Colonel Al Muhairi said accidents during bad weather caused by low visibility tend to be more severe. “People should follow safety instructions and regulation to avoid any accidents,” he said.

It’s worth nothing that Dubai Police have stepped up the level of readiness to deal with any incidents in the mountainous areas and places prone to flooding especially the Hatta and neighboring areas. The force has also stepped up the level of readiness in desert areas, which have been recently popular among members of the public due to change in temperatures.

The Dubai Police have increased the number of patrols in mountainous areas to be always ready to deal with emergencies 24 hours a day.

Residents are advised to stay away from places of water pools and valleys when the weather is unstable.

Motorists are also urged not to use their vehicles across desert areas, especially after the rains, because of the great danger to their lives.

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