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Published: Friday, February 16, 2024, 2:00 p.m.

Last update: Friday, February 16, 2024, 10:07 p.m.

After four days of waterlogging due to heavy rain, authorities cleared some neighborhoods in Sharjah’s Kalba city on Friday, allowing residents to return and assess the consequences. Unfortunately, many homes bore the brunt of the elements, causing substantial damage to furniture, electronics, utensils and other household items.

Upon re-entering, many residents were heartbroken to see their abandoned homes in poor condition. “Many of our belongings, such as clothes, food, books and much more, have been lost in the floods or are so damaged that they cannot be reused,” said Ashar Abdullah, a businessman and resident of Al Khuwair in Kalba.

“Drainage of water has not only caused damage to houses but also accumulation of dirt,” Ashar said.

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Residents are dealing with devastation after a storm hit the city earlier this week. “As the waters gradually recede in certain areas, we are allowed to visit our houses to assess the extent of the damage,” said Abubakar Siddique, a pharmacist based in Al Khuwair.

“The authorities have drained the water from Al Khuwair and our house compounds are soft due to continuous waterlogging,” Siddique said.

As the sludge settles, it is an added complexity to return to normal, clean and recover its properties. “This is now a daunting task for us. We have to throw out all the damaged goods from our houses and then those that can be used should be placed somewhere else while we clean our houses,” Ashar said.

“This whole process will take us more than five days if it doesn’t rain in the meantime,” Ashar added.

Community bond

In these difficult times, neighbors and friends come together and offer support to clean homes and properties. “Two days ago I sent my wife and children to my brother’s house in Sharjah. I have to clean the house in the next few days to welcome them,” said Ravi Puttoor.

“Many of my friends’ houses are still flooded and they have come to help me clear the mud and clean our properties so we can get back to normal as soon as possible,” he said.

Ravi also noted that the Emiratis were quick to offer help. “Many of them saw us cleaning and invited us to have lunch and dinner with them.”


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