Saudi Arabia become a vast ocean! Flooding in Jeddah after heavy rain
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On Thursday, November 24, heavy rainfall in Jeddah led to severe flooding in the west of Saudi Arabia. Videos shared by residents showed Jeddah struggling with the aftermath of the rainfall as severe flooding hits the area. Cars were swept away, streets were engulfed and property was destroyed by the floods.
The floods have also caused flight delays at King Abdulaziz International Airport, school closures and blocked the road to Mecca. Most residents were forced to stay indoors as they watched water levels rise steadily outside their homes, while most streets remained flooded.
According to the National Meteorological Center of Saudi Arabia, 179mm of rain fell in southern Jeddah on Thursday between 8am and 2pm, was the "highest" on record.
Traffic resumed on the Makkah-Jeddah Expressway in both directions after disruption for many hours. Saudi's Civil Defense Agency issued a weather warning amid the extreme weather conditions, advising motorists and residents to be wary of conditions.
Winter rainstorms and flooding occur almost every year in Jeddah, where residents have long decried poor infrastructure.
The channel lists such natural disasters as:
1) Geological emergencies: Earthquake, Volcanic eruption, Mud, Landslide, Avalanche;
2) Hydrological emergencies: Flood, Tsunami, Limnological disaster,
3) Fires: Forest fire, Peat fire;
4) Meteorological emergencies: Tornado, Cyclone, Blizzard, Hail, Drought, Tornado, Hail, Hurricane, Tsunami, Storm, Thunderstorm, Tempest.