For the last few days, we were having some rains in Baghdad. The city witnessed torrential rains yesterday. Torrential rains are quite uncommon in Baghdad. There were a few such occasions last year too. The city is not equipped to handle torrential rains and there were water-logging in many areas. The water on the roads made street movement difficult.
Last night, it was declared a public holiday in Baghdad due to heavy rains in the city causing a lot of inconvenience to the general public. In India we are used to heavy rains during monsoons and cyclones. So, we don’t get any such public holiday because of rains. We have to manage through the flooded streets and traffic blockades there.
As the holiday is declared for Baghdad only, all our branches elsewhere are open. Therefore, Ibrahim and Mustafa came to office today for providing support to non-Baghdad branches. I also walked down to office for some time during the day.
Sometimes I feel great to be in Iraq as I can have the luxury of enjoying rain holidays.