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Thursday, October 28, 2021

More rain expected in Qatar today, but schools remaining open

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Photo for illustrative purposes only.
Photo for illustrative purposes only.

Schools have not been closed in Qatar today despite rumors to the contrary, the country’s education ministry has said.

The announcement comes following heavy downpours yesterday that left much of the country leaky and flooded.

However, an intense cleanup soon ensued, and schools will continue as normal today, the Ministry of Education and Higher Education tweeted:

Forecast

Strong winds and thunderstorms are still in the forecast today, but the rain is not expected to be as heavy as yesterday.

According to the Qatar Meteorology Department (MET), Abu Hamour was the hardest hit by rains yesterday, receiving some 35.3 mm by 5:30pm.

Al Shahaniya got 27.3mm and the Doha International Airport area saw 23.3mm.

On Friday, Hamad International Airport clocked 24.2mm.

Dramatic rescue

Much criticism is being leveled at government authorities for the flooding, as the rain was forecast days ago and Ashghal had announced a plan to handle it.

However, at least one incident was not the public works authority’s fault.

Many people this morning are talking about a viral video of a dramatic rescue yesterday.

The footage shows a waterlogged driver being rescued by Civil Defense.

However, according to Ashghal, the man had driven into a camel underpass not intended for vehicles.

How’s your neighborhood looking this morning? Thoughts?

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