The rain started at 8 in the morning and continued till 2 in the afternoon
According to the National Weather Service, the six-hour rainfall was stronger than the rainfall that caused the floods in 2009. 179 mm of rain was received in Jeddah. Officials said that the entire Jeddah Governorate was affected by the rain. Officials also clarified that the efforts to bring life back to normal are going on on a war footing. Houses and vehicles were submerged in water due to heavy rain in many places. It is also reported that many vehicles were swept away by the strong current. Officials also informed that the roads leading to Makkah were closed due to flooding.
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Road and air services were partially suspended
Flights to and from Jeddah were also delayed due to inclement weather. According to the official website of Jeddah Airport, airlines like Gulf Air, Turkish Airlines and Saudia have been delayed. Some flights were delayed for up to five hours. Heavy rain and wind have delayed some flights from King Abdulaziz International Airport, officials said on Twitter. Passengers are also advised to contact the airlines to confirm the departure time of their flight before going to the airport.
People are unable to leave their homes
Many areas of Jeddah were flooded due to heavy rains. Running vehicles are stuck on the roads. People could not come out of their houses due to water entering the streets. Civil Defense Spokesperson Col. Mohammad Al Qarni said that the Emergency Control Room has been activated to coordinate the rescue operations to deal with emergency situations. Jeddah authorities said that more than 2,500 workers and enough machines have been deployed to drain the water from the roads. The Meteorological Center has warned that there will be rain till Friday morning.
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Schools are temporarily closed
Public, private and international schools in Jeddah, Rabigh and Khulais have been declared closed as heavy rains are expected to continue. The decision was made based on the report of Saudi Arabia’s National Center of Meteorology that there is a possibility of thunderstorm along with heavy rain. Two Saudi universities, King Abdulaziz University and Jeddah University, have canceled classes. The final exams for the first semester have been postponed. The Saudi Press Agency reported that the updated dates will be announced later.
Rain is forecast to continue on Friday
Saudi Civil Defense also said in a statement that heavy rain and strong winds are expected in the coming days. Officials advised to follow necessary safety precautions and stay away from rainwater stagnant areas and runoff. Officials told the plaintiffs not to cross, people should come forward to follow the instructions of the authorities and check the social media accounts for urgent instructions. Jeddah experiences winter rains and floods almost every year. 123 people died in the 2009 floods in the city. 2099 was the worst flood in Saudi Arabia in 27 years. More than 3000 vehicles were washed away in the rainwater that day.
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