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Floods in Qatar as almost a year's rain falls in one day

 Qatar was hit by widespread flash flooding on Saturday as the desert state received almost a year's worth of rainfall in one day.

Qatar : Thunderstorms are likely to continue on Sunday and Monday

Roads became impassable, air traffic was disrupted and homes were flooded, while shops and universities closed.

 

Qatar broadcaster Al Jazeera's senior meteorologist, Steff Gaulter, tweeted that one part of the capital Doha had experienced almost a year's worth of rain on Saturday.

Image: Qatar Tribune

"Abu Hamor (a suburb) now reporting 59.8mm. (Doha average annual rainfall is 77mm.)," she wrote.

By early evening it was estimated that 61mm of rain had fallen.

Image: Qatar Tribune

Some Qatar-bound flights were forced to divert to Kuwait and Iran and the airline warned its passengers to expect further problems.

Image: Qatar Tribune

"Due to weather conditions over Doha, flights are subject to delays for departure and arrivals," Qatar Airways said on Twitter.

Qatar's public works authority issued a warning to drivers to avoid tunnels because of the flooding.

Image : QatarLiving

Social media in Qatar showed cars almost completely submerged under water, after thunderstorms over Doha.

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Source: yahoo

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