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Extremely rare flooding in Riyadh, Saudi Arabia kills 7

Update 2013/11/21
Death toll from Saudi flood has further risen to seven. Five of the victims are from Riyadh and two from Arar.


Three more bodies have been found. This bring the death toll from Saudi Arabia flooding 2013 at 4, the Gulf News has written quoting the civil defence authority. At least 10 people have been still reported missing.

Two of the fatalities and seven of the missing are from capital Riyadh.

Emergency teams have rescued 1,357 people trapped by the floodwaters in last two days.

Note that Saudi Arabia is the same country which normally experiences such low rainfall that religious leaders often organise special prayers for rain.

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Extremely rare flooding in the Saudi Arabian capital of Riyadh has claimed life of a 26-year-old Yemeni woman.

Such floods are extremely rare for the kingdom, which is dominated by desert, TV-Novosti reported.

Flooding in Riyadh, Saudi Arabia has also left at least three people missing.

Around 100 people trapped by the flooding were rescued, Gulf News reported. The government has set up a disaster management center in the holy city of Mecca.

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Photo below by Jerry Ashar Joel (twitter) is enough to show current Riyadh flood situation.


Heavy rainfall and flooding in Riyadh, Saudi Arabia is expected to last until Thursday.

Flooding in Jeddah had killed 123 people in 2009 and 10 others in 2011.

Original post: Natural Disasters List November 17, 2013