UAE- Traffic chaos in RAK after four hour blackout

(MENAFN- Khaleej Times)

The four-hour blackout reported at four busy areas including Al Nakheel city Al Ghib Al Hudaiba and part of Shaml residential zone posed a grave risk to patients of the Obaidullah Hospital which experienced the same outage.

The power failure was attributed to a sudden breakdown in a main electric cable of the Al Nakheel power station according to an official with the federal Electricity and Water Authority (FEWA). Mohammed Khalil Al Shamsi Director of Corporate Communications - FEWA said the emergency teams of the authority alerted of the power cut rushed to the site.

"It was a normal technical failure and the faulty cable was removed whereas the electricity was restored gradually to the four major areas in a record time."

"The Obaidullah Hospital has also turned on a power generator to produce the electricity needed for the necessary medical devices."

Col Ahmed Saeed Al Sam Al Naqbi head of traffic engineering at the traffic and patrols department RAK Police said they deployed traffic patrols at the affected areas to control traffic flow there.

"The intersections of Al Nakheel Hilton Al Manar and Shaml areas saw heavy traffic due to the breakdown of the traffic signals there as a result of the sudden blackout."

The traffic patrols deployed there have helped curb traffic congestion and prevent any accidents at these busy areas he added. "Not a single traffic accident was reported during the power outage."

Few days back the Shaml area to the north east of the emirate of Ras Al Khaimah suffered a long power outage of nine straight hours after an electric wooden pole caught fire.

The short circuit and pole fire led to a massive power cut in so many houses at the historic Shaml area where the UAE nationals and citizens suffered the sweltering temperatures for a long period.

It took some time to fix the power disruption and recover electricity to the area owing to the big damage caused by the fire in both the wooden pole and the power supplies.

Ahmed Shaaban Originally from Egypt I have been in Dubai since December 2005. Before coming here I worked as an English language instructor chief En/Ar translator proofreader reporter in Egypt and Qatar. I have also worked as a reporter correspondent and simultaneous translator with two satellite channels in Dubai. I have a masters degree in media Cairo University 2014 a bachelor degree in English language and translation Ain Shams University Cairo 1996 and three post-graduate diplomas in English language and Instruction. With over 19 years of experience in translation interpretation EFL instruction and reporting. I am interested in technology aviation politics as well as community parliament and defence issues. I enjoy reading writing exercising and surfing the web.

Khaleej Times

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