Not less than two individuals died on Thursday as heavy rains hit western Saudi Arabia, together with the coastal metropolis of Jeddah, delaying flights and forcing faculties to shut, officers stated.
“Two deaths have been recorded thus far, and we name on everybody to not exit until vital,” the Mecca regional authorities stated on its Twitter web page.
The Mecca area consists of Jeddah, the dominion’s second-largest metropolis of roughly 4 million individuals, and Mecca metropolis, the holiest metropolis in Islam the place hundreds of thousands carry out the hajj and umrah pilgrimages annually.
The street connecting the 2, which many pilgrims use to achieve Mecca, was closed on Thursday as soon as the rains started, state media reported, though it was later reopened, authorities stated.
The state-affiliated Al-Ekhbariya channel confirmed footage of worshippers on the Grand Mosque in Mecca circling the Kaaba — the cubic construction that’s the point of interest of Islam — beneath a heavy downpour.
In Jeddah, photos posted to social media confirmed standing water snarling site visitors and partially submerging some automobiles.
The town’s King Abdulaziz Worldwide Airport stated that “on account of climate situations, the departure of some flights has been delayed” and urged passengers to contact carriers for up-to-date schedules.
The official Saudi Press Company reported earlier than daybreak that faculties within the metropolis would briefly be closed as rains have been forecast to proceed all through the day.
Colleges have been additionally closed within the close by cities of Rabigh and Khulais “to protect the protection of female and male college students”, SPA stated.
The dominion is in the midst of remaining exams, but faculties had already been closed nationwide on Wednesday after King Salman declared a vacation following Saudi Arabia’s shock defeat of Argentina within the World Cup.
Winter rainstorms and flooding happen virtually yearly in Jeddah, the place residents have lengthy decried poor infrastructure.
Floods killed 123 individuals within the metropolis in 2009 and 10 extra two years later.
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