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Dubai Floods Disrupt Air Travel: Flights Cancelled and Delayed Amid Heavy Rain

Unprecedented Weather Event Hits Dubai, Cancelling Flights and Causing Delays.

By: Team Pardaphash  Pardaphash Group
Dubai Floods Disrupt Air Travel: Flights Cancelled and Delayed Amid Heavy Rain

Dubai Floods Disrupt Air Travel: In a collaborative effort between the Ministry of Interior, the National Emergency, Crisis and Disaster Management Authority, the National Centre of Meteorology, and strategic partners, Dubai has seen an end to the recent weather fluctuations. The rainfall, which had caused significant disruption, has ceased, with weather conditions gradually improving. This announcement comes as a relief after heavy rainfall and adverse weather conditions affected the region over the past 48 hours.

Flight Disruptions: Mangaluru-Dubai Routes Hit Hardest

The aftermath of the heavy rainfall in Dubai has been keenly felt in air travel, particularly impacting flights between Mangaluru and Dubai. Four flights from Mangaluru International Airport to Dubai and vice-versa were cancelled on April 17, along with additional disruptions to flights connecting Mangaluru with other destinations.

Affected Flights and Delays:

Air India Express flights numbered 814 (Dubai to Mangaluru), 813 (Mangaluru to Dubai), 384 (Dubai to Mangaluru), and 383 (Mangaluru to Dubai) were among those cancelled due to the adverse weather conditions.
Flight number 797 from Mangaluru to Jeddah was also delayed, while flight number 814 from Dubai to Mangaluru has been cancelled for April 18 as well.

Further disruptions are expected, with delays anticipated for Air India Express flight number 796 from Jeddah to Mangaluru and flight number 1498 from Mangaluru to Tiruchirappalli on April 18.

Record Rainfall in Dubai:

The recent rainfall in Dubai has been described as a historic weather event, with a record 100 mm of rain recorded in just 12 hours on April 16. This unprecedented deluge led to widespread waterlogging, disrupting regular activities and causing significant challenges for air travel, including the closure of Dubai International Airport.

Regional Impact:

The heavy rainfall wasn’t confined to Dubai alone, as neighboring countries in the Middle East, including Bahrain, Oman, Qatar, and Saudi Arabia, also experienced precipitation. However, the UAE bore the brunt of the storm, with Dubai International Airport facing substantial disruption.

Cloud Seeding:

The impact of the storm extended beyond Dubai, with neighboring countries such as Bahrain, Oman, Qatar, and Saudi Arabia also experiencing rainfall. However, the UAE bore the brunt of the deluge, prompting speculation about the role of cloud seeding in exacerbating the precipitation. Cloud seeding, a technique involving the release of special salt flares into clouds, is believed to enhance rainfall.

While the full extent of the damage caused by the unprecedented rainfall is yet to be assessed, efforts are underway to mitigate the aftermath and restore normalcy in the affected areas.

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