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Flood In UAE Taught Us Many Lessons

The sudden heavy and unusual rains in the United Arab Emirates and some other Gulf countries have taught many lessons to us. In those countries which were proud of their prosperity the torrential rains destroyed all the modern systems. The world's most modern and bustling Dubai International Airport became a victim of chaos. Hundreds of flights were cancelled. 

Dubai Airport, which was among the top airports in the world and had an influx of 80 million passengers last year, had all its arrangements disrupted due to a torrential rain. 

During this period, apart from the death of 19 people in Oman, there is a possibility of casualties in other countries also. It is said that many low lying areas are still filled with rain water. 

Record rainfall has been registered in the United Arab Emirates after last 75 years. Submerged vehicles in flood-affected areas and jams on twelve-lane highways show that human development is still dwarf in comparison to the magic of nature. Then the occurrence of torrential rains in the desert areas of the Middle East is certainly surprising. 

This sudden rain and flood is being said to be the effect of climate change and global warming. But people are alleging that this incident is purely the result of human tampering with nature. Critics are calling this unusual rain the result of cloud seeding. In fact, the attempt to create rain artificially is called cloud seeding, in which artificial efforts are made to sow the seeds of rain in the clouds. Some such efforts were being made in UAE. 

An international report states that cloud seeding was planned in the UAE on Sunday and Monday and catastrophic flood conditions have arisen on Tuesday. It is feared whether this situation has arisen due to efforts for artificial rain?
However, future studies will tell us how much role cloud seeding played in the occurrence of this disaster. However, cases of cloud seeding keep coming to the fore in times of crisis in many countries of the world. In some countries, artificial rain is used for strategic purposes and in others for agricultural purposes. 

But this crisis becomes deeper in the changed circumstances due to climate change. It is noteworthy that artificial rain is resorted to when it does not rain due to lack of moisture in the air. Artificial rain was used in India in the sixties. Actually, substances like silver iodide, potassium chloride and sodium chloride are used as rain seeds, which are sprayed in the clouds with the help of airplanes. Due to this, the ice particles combine with the moisture of the clouds and cause rain. In fact, in the interest of modern development, the United Emirates has been using this technology for its business purposes and to meet the water shortage for its citizens.

Similarly, in India, cloud seeding technology was used several times to deal with severe drought in Tamil Nadu in the nineties. China also used cloud seeding technology to remove environmental pollution during the Summer Olympic Games held in Beijing. However, such heavy rains in areas like UAE, Oman and Saudi Arabia are forcing our policy makers to think afresh about development plans. 

These countries will now have to prepare their roads and other development works keeping such rain crisis in mind. At the same time, man will have to seriously accept the fact that if we do injustice to nature, we will have to be ready to bear its retribution.