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More heavy July rainfall adds to UAE lakes

Dams and barriers collect 400,000 m3 after downpour in central areas, Ministry says.

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An estimated 400,000 cubic meters of rainwater was collected in the central area’s dam lakes after heavy rains, known as Al Rawayeh rains, on Monday afternoon, the UAE Ministry of Environment and Water has announced.

The valleys of Al-Shawka, Al-Qassaa and Al-Kashish witnessed heavy rains, especially the basin of Al-Shawka valley which led to water levels of the Dam Lake reaching 275,000 cubic meters, said H. E. Eng. Mariam Mohammed Saeed Hareb, Acting Assistant Undersecretary for Water Resources and Nature Conservation at the ministry.

“An estimated 1,500,000 cubic meters of water flowed from the spillway of the dam for two and a half hours, reaching a maximum of 1.25 meters,” Hareb said.

The amount of water that has been harvested in the barrier of Al-Shawka dam amounted to 10,000 cubic meters, reaching 3 meters high, Al-Kashish reached 105,000 cubic meters and 3 meters high, and Al-Qassaa Dam reached 10,000 cubic meters and one meter high.

Hareb also noted that said that the ministry, in collaboration with the Ministry of Public Works, has completed the maintenance work and raised efficiency standards to calm the flow behind Al-Shawka dam spillway, in line with the implementation of its operational plan for the years 2014 – 2016.

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