Two killed as flood wreaks havoc in Saudi
Riyadh, May 10, 2014
Scores of homes in Makkah and Hail were flooded as torrential rain swept through parts of Saudi Arabia on Thursday killing two people and injuring several others, said a report.
The flooding also caused power cuts and damaged hundreds of cars across Makkah neighborhoods, reported Arab News, citing eyewitneses.
Thousands of Umrah pilgrims were stranded inside the Grand Mosque after Maghrib, it stated.
The Civil Defense deployed helicopters, 23 patrols and 16 rescue teams with heavy machinery for emergency operations. It also sent 32 officers and six staff members on motorbikes to the Grand Mosque to assist pilgrims.
The Saudi Electricity Company said its engineers and technicians were monitoring the situation in Makkah.
The Jeddah-Makkah Expressway was briefly closed on Thursday night because of the flooding. The highway to Riyadh near Hada Mountain remained closed on Friday as a precautionary measure, said the report.
The flooding also damaged hundreds of cars in other parts of Makkah including Sharayah, Aziziyah, Misfalah, and Otaibiah, it added.