Heavy rains fell in the Saudi city of Jeddah yesterday, which led to the death of two people, the suspension of studies, flight delays and the closure of the road leading to Makkah Al-Mukarramah for hours, according to Saudi media.
And the Emirate of Makkah Al-Mukarramah Region announced the “closure of the Makkah-Jeddah highway, as a precaution, due to the rain,” before announcing its reopening hours later. The heavy rains in Jeddah flooded a number of main streets and roads in the governorate, leaving a huge number of vehicles damaged.
A spokesman for the Civil Defense in Makkah Al-Mukarramah region said, “Two deaths have been recorded so far, and we call on everyone not to go out unless necessary.”
And King Abdulaziz International Airport in Jeddah announced, on its Twitter account: “Due to weather conditions, the take-off of some flights has been delayed,” calling on travelers to contact airlines to confirm the new flight schedules.
And the Saudi Press Agency stated, at dawn yesterday, “In order to preserve the safety of male and female students, it was decided to suspend studies in all schools in Jeddah, Rabigh and Khulais.”
Large floods killed 123 people in Jeddah in 2009, and about 10 people two years later.