UAE record rainfall triggers flooding, kills 20

by Renata

Twenty people are dead in the United Arab Emirates after record rainfall triggered severe flooding.

Dubai saw more than half a foot of rain in an unlikely storm on Monday and Tuesday. That’s more than the area typically sees in two years. It’s also 600 times more rain than the region receives in an average April.

Because of that, the city infrastructure was tragically ill-prepared for the torrential rainfall.

The storm sparked theories that the controversial practice of cloud seeding was to blame. Flight logs show that several planes flew through the UAE over the weekend to try to accelerate the condensation process.

Others point to climate change as the cause, but experts say that Dubai was positioned where three different storms converged.