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Two-week sewage flood hits International City

Sewage has flooded an International City residential area for two weeks in a row.

  • The sewage is now just a metre from the entrances of some residential buildings in England cluster, near one oImage Credit:Alice Johnson/Gulf News
  • Sewage has flooded an International City residential area for two weeks in a row. Image Credit:Alice Johnson/Gulf News
  • An entire car park, roads and pavements are now submerged under the stinking sewage, which is still bubbling uImage Credit:Alice Johnson/Gulf News
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Dubai: Sewage has flooded an International City residential area for two weeks in a row.

An entire car park, roads and pavements are now submerged under the stinking sewage, which is still bubbling up from the drains on Wednesday morning.

The sewage is now just a metre from the entrances of some residential buildings in England cluster, near one of the main roads.

The car park is also flooded with the sewage.

Motorists have no choice but to drive through the pools and around the hazard caused by tankers that are working to pump out the water.

The unbearable smell in the heat of summer is attracting many flies, particularly as most of the flood is still static over the sandy areas next to buildings.

A resident, wishing anonymity, said: "Life is becoming difficult. This is just one of the many problems that affects residents here every day."

A Nakheel spokesperson said: "A specialist team is currently working on measures to resolve a situation related to the sewage system at International City and we expect operations to normalise by the end of the week.

"In addition, design and supply waste water treatment company Metito was appointed in May to double the existing capacity of the sewage treatment plant located within the development and these works are also expected to be complete by the end of the week."

International City's on-site sewage treatment plant is located on the opposite edge of England and Russia clusters.

The plant has been undergoing expansion work since the end of last year.

Metito had confirmed that work to double the size of the plant was due for completion at the end of June.

Residents have previously told Gulf News they are unable to escape from the stench of the sewage, and although they keep their windows shut during the summer months, the smell comes in through the air-conditioning system.

This is not the first spill to plague the area. The weekend of June 20 saw a large spill, which forced motorists off the road, as reported in Gulf News.

The spill was preceded by a smaller flood on the weekend of June 6. Residents had previously complained about the smell of sewage on one of the main roads as far back as May.

International City currently has approximately 60,000 residents.

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Your comments

There are lots of problem in international city smell is just 5 % of the problems, so you can anticipate how many more are there including security, taps running dry, AC and all fittings breaking off and lots more and major problem is du services which are very bad.
Posted: July 03, 2008, 10:58

I am ashamed to live in International City; I have never seen such a disgrace like this in other countries I have lived in - South Africa, UK and Germany. It is a major health issue and the government needs to do something about it!
Posted: July 03, 2008, 10:43

To be honest it's unbearable for the residents, this's really absurd. How can you sell property and rent without any drainage systems? We cannot even walk due to the sewage in some areas and the pedestrian path. There is a lot to do in that area. I hope they take this seriously and improve the living conditions for all the residents.
Posted: July 03, 2008, 10:19

I'm living in Spain cluster, and I see these floods every day, especially in the Russian cluster. What I just don't understand is how this can happen? If you are building a city for over 100,000 residents, you should look at the water and sewage issue properly and build one plant (or maybe several?), which can cope with that .
Posted: July 03, 2008, 09:51

I stay in Persia Cluster and practice and conduct Yoga classes early in the morning. But due to the smell coming from the Sewage Plant, I am unable to practice or conduct yoga classes which are offered for free for the health of people. Yoga comprises of breathing techniques (Pranayama) which cannot be done because of the smell!
PM Sudhakar
Posted: July 03, 2008, 09:44

I recently shifted to England cluster of International city and often seen long lines of sewage tankers stretching from the treatment plant all the way on Oman highway. I have seen some of these tankers standing in the residential areas with their pipes connected to the main-holes, either they are dumping their load or doing something else. I will try to take some photos and send them.
Posted: July 03, 2008, 09:41

I?m a resident of England Y21 and facing a lot of problems during the day and night time as 24 hours there will be sewage remove truck is standing in front of our balcony, we cannot sleep at night. And mostly on all Thursday and Friday there is sewage flood in front of our balcony. Our kids cannot play also in the balcony.
Posted: July 03, 2008, 09:33

The regular sewage flooding in the England Cluster has become a common scene for a few months, we are not able to use our balconies and the sewage odour suffocates as you drive through to the "HOME".The sewage trucks queing up and blocking the drive-ways are also a huge risk. We appreciate the efforts of bringing the trucks as a temporary releif , but we need a permanant solution to this.It is very unhygenic, I pray that this problem is fixed soon and bring releif before Ramadan to all the affected residents.
Posted: July 03, 2008, 09:17

I am a resident of International city. Although I live in the Spain cluster, I still feel that the in fracture that a huge construction company like Nakheel claimed has not been met with.... this is a simple and poor picture of how projects are being constructed. There has been no planning to the internal drainage system which needs to be with every huge project catering to a minimum of 20K residents. No septic tanks built under the various buildings... more over, the stench which occasionally passes thru the various clusters is not due to the sewage plant only but due to the constant over flowing of sewage at the various cluster.... Nakheel better get their act together or else could essentially lose out on customers for various current projects. Being a resident of International City, I have so many regrets as every second day
Posted: July 03, 2008, 09:15

International City can be termed as the worst project done by a famed developer of UAE. All the construction done here is pathetic. Every place is stinking, dripping and breaking apart. I never expected this kind of project from Nakheel.
Posted: July 03, 2008, 08:19

Developer must ensure proper infrastructure and efficient services (in this case Sewage treatment plan), prior to marketing and selling out apartments. This is solely developer's responsibility.
Posted: July 03, 2008, 08:19

We have been residing at IC for 3 months now and experiencing the bad smell of the overflowing seawage near our building. I have a 8 month old baby and I know that this is not good for his health as flies come whenever we go outside the building. I hope the Nakheel authorities will sort out this problem as it brings danger to our health especially children.
Posted: July 03, 2008, 07:50

I am a teacher and am expected to be given an accomodation in International City. Is this where I am going to be living soon?
Posted: July 03, 2008, 07:24

I live at international city in Spain cluster and we never faced any issues. We have never experienced stench or flood of sewage. I was told France and Spain is the best area to live in International city as they are far from the sewage plant. Hence these clusters are more expensive than the others.
Posted: July 03, 2008, 07:21

My wife and I have been living in this area for over a year and its been wonderful. Yes, you do get some smell sometimes but this is rare, but than other parts of the world smell worse. Moreover such incidents are rare. People should look at the positive side to life than the negative which is so common in Dubai. For those that complain, all I can say is you have choices to make, make them, complaining is not one of the choice.
Posted: July 03, 2008, 06:06