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A city in the middle of the desert was hit by massive storms and weather experts have warned that there might be more rain on the way.

Dubai was hit with torrential rain on Tuesday after it left 18 people dead in Oman. The storms led to widespread flash floods across the United Arab Emirates and Bahrain.

Several malls were hit with floods and schools were shut. Schools are expected to be shut on Wednesday as well.

Roads were closed as water swept across the city. Even the airport, the busiest in the world by international passenger traffic, was closed for 25 minutes. More than 50 flights were cancelled. A spokesperson for Dubai Airports confirmed that operations have recommenced after being halted and that they’re currently “in recovery mode”.

News24 reports that some inland areas of the Emirates recorded more than 80 millimetres of rain over the 24 hours to 08:00, approaching the annual average of about 100mm.

It’s believed that climate change is to blame and could lead to more flooding.

Image credit: CNN

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