Jeddah educational institutes closed due to weather conditions
According to officials, at least two people died on Thursday as torrential rains shut down schools and delayed flights across western Saudi Arabia, including Jeddah.
The Makkah regional government issued a call for everyone to stay indoors unless absolutely essential after two fatalities were reported thus far.
According to the Saudi Press Agency, the route connecting Jeddah and Makkah was shut down on Thursday once the rain started, but it was later reopened.
Worshipers at the Grand Mosque in Makkah were captured on camera encircling the Kaaba in the midst of a torrential storm.
Images shared on social media from Jeddah showed traffic snarled by standing water and some vehicles half submerged.
The departure of several aircraft has been delayed, according to the city’s King Abdulaziz International Airport, which asked travellers to call companies for the most recent schedules.
Schools in the city would be temporarily closed, according to the SPA, since rain was expected to last all day.
In order to “preserve the safety of male and female pupils,” schools were also closed in the nearby towns of Rabigh and Khulais, according to the SPA. The National Center of Meteorology noted 179 mm of rain fell on the city on Thursday, the most ever.
In the south of the province, rain fell from 8 am to 2 pm in a rainfall that was worse than the previous greatest, in 2009.
11.800 field laborers are employed by Makkah Municipality to be ready for the rainy season. To handle the anticipated conditions, it has the necessary machinery and equipment.
The effectiveness of the rainfall drainage network channels in main and side roads, crossroads, and squares is evaluated by the department responsible for operation and maintenance.
According to backup plans, it eliminates silt that may obstruct water flow in drainage systems.
In Makkah, task groups and equipment have been set up, and 52 water tanks with a combined capacity of 194,000 gallons are being used to drain floodwaters.
A total of 146 excavation equipment and 89 multifunctional trucks have been clearing water from the roads and streets as a result of the rain.