Storm in Saudi Arabia: Schools closed, road to Mecca blocked

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State media reported that Thursday’s heavy rains in Jeddah, a coastal city in Saudi Arabia, caused flight delays, forced schools to close and blocked the road to Makkah, the holiest city. of Islam. Social media posts on Thursday showed standing water causing traffic jams and partially submerging some vehicles in Jeddah.

The city’s King Abdulaziz International Airport has advised travelers to contact airlines for the most up-to-date schedules after saying “some flights have been delayed due to weather conditions”.

Schools were also closed in the nearby towns of Rabigh and Khulais “to preserve the safety of students, men and women”, the SPA said.

Final exams are currently taking place in the kingdom, but on Wednesday King Salman issued a proclamation declaring a public holiday in response to Saudi Arabia’s shock victory over Argentina in the World Cup.

In Jeddah, where residents have long bemoaned poor infrastructure, winter rains and floods occur almost every year.

In the city, the floods of 2009 claimed the lives of 123 people and in 2010 another 10.

(With contributions from AFP)

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