Friday, May 3, 2013

At least 18 dead, 4 missing in Saudi floods

Al-Arabiya: At least 18 people have died and four are missing in Saudi Arabia after nearly a week of heavy rain that has triggered flash floods in the desert kingdom, the civil defense authorities said on Thursday. People have drowned in several areas of the country, according to a statement quoted by the official Saudi Press Agency.

The body of a man was recovered on Thursday in the Kowaiyia district. Another body was found in the city of al-Baha, and transferred to King Fahd Hospital despite rising water levels.

Rescue teams evacuated six villages in the south-western Bisha province, after a sand dam at the valley of Tabala partially collapsed. Authorities have been urging people to avoid valleys and plains flooded by heavy rainfall, which has continued since last Friday.

At least 250 rescue officers have been deployed, along with 15 divers, at the al-Aqiq dam. The heavy rains have almost filled the dam, with around 20 centimeters left before it overflows....

Aftermath of a 2011 flood in Jeddah, shot by Naif Abdullah, Wikimedia Commons via Flickr, under the Creative Commons Attribution 2.0 Generic license

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