Last Updated: Wednesday, May 1, 2013

Saudi Arabia flooding claims 13

Flooding in Saudi Arabia has claimed lives of at least 13 people, Saudi Press Agency reports quoting the General Directorate of Civil Defense.

Causalities are from five different areas of Saudi Arabia; two persons in Kharj, three persons in Aflaj, one person in Hariq, four persons in Taif, and three persons in Baha. Four others are still reported to be missing.

Several flight services were also disrupted at King Khaled International Airport in Riyadh.

Schools in Riyad were also closed yesterday following bad weather.

It is believed to be the heaviest rainfall experienced by the Arabian Peninsula in more than 25 years. Saudi authorities have been criticized in the past for a lack of  flood preparedness.

Saudi Arabia flooding in 2009 in the Red Sea port of Jeddah killed 123 and claimed 10 lives in 2011. 2009 Jeddah flood damage was over SAR 1 billion.

Original post: Natural Disasters List May 1, 2013