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UAE to invest $136m in flood protection measures

Residents in RAK will also be given compensation for damage caused by this month's storms

UAE to invest $136m in flood protection measures

The funding was announced by Abdullah Al Nuaimi, minister of infrastructure development at a meeting of the Federal National Council, and comes following widespread damage caused across the country earlier this month by heavy storms.

The UAE is to invest AED500 million ($136m) to protect the country from flooding.

The funding was announced by Abdullah Al Nuaimi, minister of infrastructure development at a meeting of the Federal National Council, and comes following widespread damage caused across the country earlier this month by heavy storms.

According to a report in The National, Al Nuaimi said dams and flyovers would be built.

He is quoted as saying: “We have learned a new lesson after the last rains, and some projects have already started taking place to face the effects of such.

“The amount of rain that fell last week I have not seen like it throughout my career.”

Meanwhile, Sheikh Saud bin Saqr Al Qasimi, Supreme Council member and Ruler of Ras Al Khaimah (RAK) has revealed plans to offer compensation to victims of the flooding.

Around 120 families in the Al Fahleen area were badly affected by storms, while over 1,000 incidents of damaged roads, fallen walls and rocks, landslides and uprooted trees and poles were also reported.

A committee has now been formed, which will tour the emirate, meet with families and assess the damage, before a report is sent to Sheikh Saud.

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