Sharjah Gears Up: Proactive Measures for Rainy Season Challenges
November 17, 2023 / 4:02 PM
Sharjah24: The Sharjah Municipality has declared the formation of collaborative committees, specialised task forces, and the deployment of heavy and light machinery in anticipation of the upcoming rainy season. This proactive approach aims to handle weather conditions effectively. The committees are responsible for overseeing all areas of the city, which have been divided into sectors, to promptly address emergencies and water ponds based on pre-established plans. Additionally, the municipality has heightened its preparedness to receive feedback and reports through a 24-hour call center.
Obaid Saeed Al Teneiji, Director-General of Sharjah Municipality and head of the high committee for rain emergencies, underscored that the municipality has established the high committee for rain emergencies, followed by 5 specialised committees tasked with executing plans and actions related to emergencies. The municipality is closely monitoring work continuity with a focus on high capacity and efficiency.
Al Teneiji clarified that the municipality is well-prepared for handling rainfall, providing 96 tankers, 220 mobile pumps, and 3 vehicles operating with high efficiency. Preemptive maintenance work has been carried out for tankers and equipment. Additionally, the municipality is ready to supply teams with tankers and other equipment as the need arises.
The municipality has established 59 basins for collecting rainwater in various areas of Sharjah. Pumps are utilised to draw and directly pump the collected water into these basins, enhancing traffic flow and expediting the process. He emphasised the municipality's efforts to raise public awareness regarding the importance of caution during rainfall.
Approximately 25,000 drainage openings for rainwater have undergone cleaning as part of the municipality's continuous efforts. These openings are regularly monitored and cleaned before and after rainfall to ensure their functionality, as they may become obstructed due to dust accumulation, tree debris, and other factors.
Al-Teneiji highlighted that the municipality works hand in hand with strategic partners, such as the Sharjah Police General Headquarters, the Roads and Transport Authority in Sharjah, the Department of Public Works, the Sharjah Civil Defense, and the National Emergency Crisis and Disaster Management Authority - Sharjah Center. Continuous coordination with these entities is maintained to ensure the preservation of lives and properties and to provide a safe environment during weather fluctuations.