The worst floods in history

Dubai stood still for a week due to historic rainfall and flooding

Stars Insider

05/06/24 | StarsInsider

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The dry desert city of Dubai has been battered by historic rainfall in the past week, starting on April 16. The manmade city has seen the heaviest rain in at least 75 years, with more than a year's worth of precipitation falling in just 24 hours. This led to severe flooding in what's being called the worst natural disaster in Dubai's history. Streets were flooded throughout the city leaving cars submerged in water, while runways became unusable causing mass cancelations at one of the world's busiest airports. Malls and businesses suffered major damage from leaks and some residents were forced to climb dozens and dozens of flights of stairs as the elevators in their skyscraper apartment blocks stopped working. Some drivers ended up sleeping in their cars, unable to get home due to blocked-off streets. Most residents could not leave their homes for days, often living on limited food supplies and without electricity.

The week of unexpected rainfall and severe flooding highlighted how unprepared Dubai is to deal with such extreme weather. Despite the fact that the relatively new city is an incredible example of modern urban planning, it wasn't built to weather storms like this one. Luckily, no lives were lost in the flooding, but the city suffered millions (if not billions) in infrastructural damage. 

Sadly, these extreme weather events are becoming more frequent with climate change, though the phenomenon is nothing new. History has recorded some truly terrifying floods—natural disasters that have killed thousands and destroyed homes and livelihoods. 

Click through and be reminded of some of the worst floods on record.

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