Heavy floods paralyze Saudi capital

Sun Nov 17, 2013 16:33:44

Severe flooding has hit Saudi Arabia, especially in the kingdom’s capital of Riyadh, with the government closing schools and urging people to stay indoors amid heavy rain. Flooding is rare in the country dominated by the Arabian Desert.

Witnesses in Riaydh are reporting flooded streets and shops.

Pictures posted on Twitter show cars drowning in rainwater.

Saudi Civil Defense warned citizens to stay indoors for their own safety, Al Arabiya reported.

Weather forecasts are predicting heavy rains to continue to batter Saudi Arabia for the entire weekend.

The eastern part of the country looks to be hit the most by the rains. 

The government is setting up a disaster management center in the holy city of Mecca and is planning to close schools and evacuate people in low-lying areas, Bahrain’s Gulf Daily News reported.

SHI/SHI

string(917) "[{"id":"1535140","sort":"3122424","contenttypeid":"21","pic":"/2013/11/17/alalam_635202956193664407_25f_4x3.jpg","title":"Saudi Arabia to help Israel in possible Iran attack: report"} ,{"id":"1534953","sort":"3122425","contenttypeid":"21","pic":"/2013/11/16/alalam_635202214412311591_25f_4x3.mp4","title":"Shocking video: Ethiopian workers tortured, abused in Saudi Arabia"} ,{"id":"1526167","sort":"3122426","contenttypeid":"21","pic":"/2013/10/19/alalam_635178149954669667_25f_4x3.jpg","title":"Saudi Prince is real leader of al-Qaeda: Syrian envoy"} ,{"id":"1534476","sort":"3122427","contenttypeid":"21","pic":"/2013/11/15/alalam_635200989428944626_25f_4x3.jpg","title":"Saudi Arabia, France hold joint military drill near Mecca"} ,{"id":"1534515","sort":"3122428","contenttypeid":"21","pic":"/2013/11/15/alalam_635201070644719843_25f_4x3.jpg","title":"Saudi Arabia in crisis over crackdown on migrant workers"} ]"