100 sheep mysteriously die

Updated 15 October 2013
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100 sheep mysteriously die

Salman Sabaan Miteb, a shepherd from Tihamah Qahatan Al-Farsha, 200 kilometers east of Asir province was surprised by the mysterious death of 100 of his sheep.
He said that there is no branch of the Ministry of Agriculture in Tihamah Qahatan, Asir. He had notified the ministry in Abha but there was no response. However, a committee from the Civil Defense Al-Farsha Police and Health Department came to the scene and reported to the province’s governorate. Investigations are now under way.
“Some government authorities are negligent. There is insufficient follow up on livestock concerns and long delays in treating sick ones,” said Hamdan Rahi, another citizen of Tihamah.
He said he sympathizes with Salman because he depends wholly on livestock for his income. He pointed out that citizens in the area are going to file a lawsuit against entities that fail to carry out their duties, and demand financial compensations for the sheep that died.
A source in the Asir agricultural branch said they had sent a veterinarian to Tihamah to bring samples for testing in the ministry’s laboratories in Riyadh.
Press spokesman for the Asir Municipality, Mohammad Al-Bishri said the Ministry of Agriculture should be held accountable for the death of the livestock.
A businessman in the province said he is ready to help Salman with compensation of his loss in the near future.


Saudi metrology office expects rain, thunderstorms across Saudi Arabia

Updated 6 min 37 sec ago
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Saudi metrology office expects rain, thunderstorms across Saudi Arabia

RIYADH: The Saudi General Authority of Meteorology and Environmental Protection expects rain and thunderstorms to hit several regions across the Kingdom during the next few days.
The authority has issued a statement on Sunday warning in advance of moderate to heavy rains accompanied by thunderstorms and dust storms, which may lead to torrential flows.
It said several areas will be affected. In Makkah, the cities of Taif, Mysan, Beni Saad, and several areas in the region the weather will remain as such until 10pm local time.
It also forecasted that rainy thunderstorms will hit Al Baha region accompanied with dusty winds. This will include Al-Baha region and nearby areas such as the cities of Biljurashi and Al-Mekhwa. The rainy weather will continue until 9pm local time.
Moderate to heavy rain thunderstorms are also expected over Assir region until 10pm local time. The warning included cities in the region, such as Abha.
The authority urged residents of these areas to avoid getting themselves into valleys and rainwater ponds.