Active Stocks
Tue May 28 2024 15:59:27
  1. Tata Steel share price
  2. 174.85 -0.37%
  1. HDFC Bank share price
  2. 1,530.50 0.17%
  1. ITC share price
  2. 428.90 -0.60%
  1. State Bank Of India share price
  2. 830.90 -0.38%
  1. Infosys share price
  2. 1,466.20 -0.37%
Business News/ News / Dubai rain havoc: Know what caused the heavy rainfall - Cloud seeding or climate change? Here's what experts say
BackBack

Dubai rain havoc: Know what caused the heavy rainfall - Cloud seeding or climate change? Here's what experts say

Dubai rain: Life came to a standstill in Dubai, when heavy rains, which started late on Monday, lashed the region, causing a flood-like situation, submerging airports and major highways.

Dubai rain: Abandoned vehicles on a flooded highway in Dubai on Wednesday, April 17, after the city witnessed heaviest downpour in 75 years 2024. (Bloomberg)Premium
Dubai rain: Abandoned vehicles on a flooded highway in Dubai on Wednesday, April 17, after the city witnessed heaviest downpour in 75 years 2024. (Bloomberg)

Heavy rains lashed Dubai late on Monday night and continued on Tuesday, April 16, submerging its major highways and international airport. 

The heavy rainfall prompted the UAE government to issue warnings urging employees to work from home and only leave “in cases of extreme necessity." All federal employees have been asked to work remotely until Wednesday.

Also read: Dubai floods: 28 Indian flights cancelled; Emirates halts check-ins due to heavy rainfall. What we know so far

The wet spell resulted in the suspension of operations at the Dubai airport in the afternoon before resuming 25 minutes later. AP reported the city's meteorological data recorded a year and a half's worth of rain within a day.

What was the trigger behind Dubai's heavy rainfall?

The heavy showers that disrupted life in Dubai city were associated with a larger storm system traversing the Arabian Peninsula and moving across the Gulf of Oman, CNN reported.

Also read: Dubai Floods: Cars, runway submerged, Flydubai suspends flights, schools closed due to heavy rain | Watch videos here

Heavy rains were also  reported in neighbouring Oman and southeastern Iran. Recently, heavy rains in Oman caused severe flooding in the region, and resulted in the loss of 18 lives.

Friederike Otto, a leader in the field of assessing the role of climate change on specific extreme weather events, however, also attributed global warming as the trigger behind the unusual rainfall.

A climatologist and Professor at the Grantham Institute for Climate Change, Otto said, "It is highly likely that the deadly and destructive rain in Oman and Dubai was made heavier by human-caused climate change," AFP reported.

Also read: Dubai Grinds to Standstill as Cloud Seeding Worsens Flooding

A Bloomberg report attributed the heavy rains to cloud seeding, a process in which chemicals and tiny particles are implanted  into the atmosphere to coax more rain from clouds. The United Arab Emirates resorted to cloud seeding technique in 2002 in a bid to address water security issues.

Bloomberg quoted Specialist meteorologist Ahmed Habib as saying seeding planes carried out seven missions over the past two days, indicating that this could also be an immediate trigger.

You are on Mint! India's #1 news destination (Source: Press Gazette). To learn more about our business coverage and market insights Click Here!

Catch all the Business News, Market News, Breaking News Events and Latest News Updates on Live Mint. Download The Mint News App to get Daily Market Updates.
More Less
Published: 17 Apr 2024, 03:06 PM IST
Next Story footLogo
Recommended For You