Flash flooding hits Mecca region of Saudi Arabia

Flash flooding killed a man and three children in the Mecca region of Saudi Arabia.

Flash flooding hits Mecca region of Saudi Arabia

Flash flooding killed a man and three children in the Mecca region of Saudi Arabia on Thursday, as waste-high water snarled traffic in the nearby Red Sea port of Jeddah, where 123 people died in flooding last year.

The governor of Mecca, Prince Khaled al-Faisal, reported the deaths and added that another 200 people had been rescued from flood waters, many by helicopter.

Al-Faisal said the situation in Jeddah and other parts of the province is under control. “The floods caused the death of a man and three children in the suburbs of Makkah, the collapse of many houses in Al-Sawaed and Umm Al-Khayr districts and serious injuries to a security man in Jeddah,” he said, according to Arab news report.

The man and the three children died when the car they were traveling in was swept away by a torrent in Wadi Al-Bajidi, the report said.

The body of a drowned child was recovered from a large pool of rainwater in Al-Ais, north of Madinah.

Several women and children were airlifted from a marooned residential building in Jeddah's Quwaiza district, which was one of the worst flood-devastated areas of the Nov. 25, 2009 flash floods that killed at least 123 and destroyed nearly 10,000 vehicles.

“I wonder why the municipal officials did not learn from the experience just a year ago,” a bystander near the waterlogged underpass told the report.

Last May, King Abdullah ordered legal action against officials and contractors for their alleged failures, following an investigation.

The probe focussed on factors that had amplified the flooding, including inadequate drainage and uncontrolled construction in and around the city.

The November floods were followed by an unprecedented Internet campaign by residents who complained of corruption and bad urban planning.


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