Thunder and sand storms forecast for Makkah and Jeddah

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Thunderstorms forecast for many areas across Saudi Arabia, as worshippers continue rituals of the Muslim pilgrimage. (SPA)
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Thunderstorms forecast for many areas across Saudi Arabia, as worshippers continue rituals of the Muslim pilgrimage. (SPA)
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Thunderstorms forecast for many areas across Saudi Arabia, as worshippers continue rituals of the Muslim pilgrimage. (SPA)
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Thunderstorms forecast for many areas across Saudi Arabia, as worshippers continue rituals of the Muslim pilgrimage. (SPA)
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Thunderstorms forecast for many areas across Saudi Arabia, as worshippers continue rituals of the Muslim pilgrimage. (SPA)
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Thunderstorms forecast for many areas across Saudi Arabia, as worshippers continue rituals of the Muslim pilgrimage. (Social media)
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Thunderstorms forecast for many areas across Saudi Arabia, as worshippers continue rituals of the Muslim pilgrimage. (Social media)
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Thunderstorms forecast for many areas across Saudi Arabia, as worshippers continue rituals of the Muslim pilgrimage. (Social media)
Updated 21 May 2018
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Thunder and sand storms forecast for Makkah and Jeddah

JEDDAH: Early warning systems have forecast moderate to heavy thunderstorms in Makkah, accompanied by cool showers and active winds that limit horizontal visibility.
The Saudi General Authority for Meteorology and Environmental Protection released the code red warnings and live alert updates on its official Twitter account.
Radar images show rain clouds with expected showers in eastern Jeddah, which is also expected to be affected by rising dust, according to a statement released by the meteorological authority.


Another code red warning was issued forecasting sandstorms across Jeddah, obscuring visibility to a minimum.
Meanwhile, Jeddah Health Authority has raised the level of preparedness in all its hospitals and health facilities, and has completed all preparations for the sandstorm that has already started sweeping the city. 


The local health authority confirmed that all emergency departments in Jeddah’s hospitals were ready to receive any cases resulting from the current dust storm. 
The hospitals have been alerted to receive and provide necessary medication for such cases, where the number of patients with respiratory diseases is increasing.
Jeddah Health advised citizens and residents with chest diseases and allergies not to go out in these conditions unless necessary, as the dusty atmosphere usually causes irritation of the bronchial airways. It also warned drivers and motorists to drive slow due to low horizontal visibility and urged the need to exercise caution  while driving to prevent traffic accidents.
The statement urges the public to take full care and caution and abide by the provisions of the civil defense.
It also called on people, particularly worshippers visiting the Kingdom for Muslim pilgrimage, to remain vigilant over the risks of weather fluctuations in the region.
The weather conditions will be updated regularly via the authority’s official website and social media pages.

 


Al-Mouallimi: We are all working to alleviate the suffering of the Yemeni people

Updated 22 June 2018
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Al-Mouallimi: We are all working to alleviate the suffering of the Yemeni people

  • Saudi Arabia is continuing its humanitarian work to help the people in Yemen, the Permanent Representative to the United Nations Ambassador said
  • Saudi Arabia’s most recent effort was the convoy of 45 trucks carrying 924 tons of food, medical and shelter assistance to the people of Hodeidah

DUBAI: Saudi Arabia is continuing its humanitarian work to help the people in Yemen, the Permanent Representative to the United Nations Ambassador Abdallah Yahya Al-Mouallimi said during a media briefing in New York on Thursday, the Saudi press agency SPA reported.

The spokesman for the KSRelief, Dr. Samer Al-Jatili, gave a presentation during the briefing which outlined the Saudi government’s efforts to help the people of the war-torn country, including Hodeidah, since the beginning of the crisis.

Dr Jatili’s presentation noted that since 2015, the campaign has consisted of combating epidemics, promoting environmental sanitation, providing drinking water and distributing food aid.

Saudi Arabia’s most recent effort was the convoy of 45 trucks carrying 924 tons of food, medical and shelter assistance to the people of Hodeidah, which was meant to alleviate the humanitarian suffering from the blockade imposed by the Iran-backed Houthi militias.

The Yemeni ambassador to the US also stated that the Houthi militia have rejected all initiatives presented by former UN envoy Ismail Ould Cheikh Ahmed and the current envoy Martin Griffith to find practical solutions to avoid military operations to retake Hodeidah.

The Ambassador of the United Arab Emirates, Lana Nusseibeh, was also present at the press conference along with other senior officials.