Dubai: Heavy rain in Ras Al Khaimah claimed the life of a 33-year-old Emirati man, identified as Y.S.A., after his vehicle veered off the road and overturned several times and crashed into rocks on the edge of the road.
Brigadier Ganem Ahmad Ganem, director-general of central operations at Ras Al Khaimah Police, said the police operations room received a call at around 6am reporting a major accident on Shaikh Khalifa Road at the bridge in Asfani valley. The motorist died on the spot due to the impact of the accident.
The accident was one of 12 rain-related accidents, 11 of which were minor, recorded on Tuesday until noon.
Brig Ganem said police teams responded to all the accidents within minutes, and managed to clear the roads and ease the traffic jams caused by the accidents.
Meanwhile, according to the Met Office, it will continue to rain on Wednesday during the day but the weather will clear by the afternoon or evening.
“Rain clouds associated with the extension of low pressure in the upper air will continue to affect the northern and eastern part of the country on Wednesday. Clouds will develop and bring rain especially in the daytime,” a forecaster from the National Centre of Meteorology and Seismology (NCMS) said.
“The clouds will move to the far east and far south and the weather will clear by afternoon or evening,” he added.
Unstable weather conditions started affecting the country on Monday night. Clouds started developing in the western part of the UAE on Monday night and became convective, moving gradually towards Abu Dhabi city early Tuesday.
Heavy rain was recorded in different parts of the Western Region, including Abu Dhabi city. Moderate to heavy rain was recorded in all parts of the UAE, including Dubai, Abu Dhabi, Sharjah, and Ras Al Khaimah.
Police have urged motorists to drive with caution during unstable weather.
Patrols have been increased on roads and highways to assist motorists.
Brig Ganem called on motorists to lower their speed during bad weather, to observe a safe stopping distance, and to avoid the use of high-beam headlights or signals unless necessary.
He urged the public to avoid mountainous areas and places where water might collect.