Severe weather in Saudi Arabia kills 14

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Several people have died over the last couple of weeks due to severe weather conditions in Saudi Arabia. (SPA)
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Several people have died over the last couple of weeks due to severe weather conditions in Saudi Arabia. (SPA)
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Several people have died over the last couple of weeks due to severe weather conditions in Saudi Arabia. (SPA)
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Several people have died over the last couple of weeks due to severe weather conditions in Saudi Arabia. (SPA)
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Several people have died over the last couple of weeks due to severe weather conditions in Saudi Arabia. (SPA)
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Several people have died over the last couple of weeks due to the severe weather conditions in Saudi Arabia. (SPA)
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Several people have died over the last couple of weeks due to the severe weather conditions in Saudi Arabia. (SPA)
Updated 31 October 2018
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Severe weather in Saudi Arabia kills 14

  • Civil Defense forces rescued 299 stranded people, including 115 in Makkah. Most of those needing help were trapped in their vehicles, of which 88 people were evacuated and 282 cars were towed

JEDDAH: Fourteen people have been killed in the extreme weather conditions in Saudi Arabia over the last two weeks.

The Kingdom has been hit by heavy rain and thunderstorms and officials said this year has seen some the most extreme weather conditions in decades.

The Directorate General of Civil Defense said one of the deaths occurred in Riyadh, four cases were recorded in Makkah, two in the Eastern Province, one in Asir, one in Tabuk, three in Al-Baha, one in Jazan and one in Hail.

Since Oct. 19, the Command and Guidance Center in Riyadh has received 423 requests for help from the civil defense, as the heavy rain affected 13 areas of the Kingdom, SPA reported.

Civil Defense forces rescued 299 stranded people, including 115 in Makkah. Most of those needing help were trapped in their vehicles, of which 88 people were evacuated and 282 cars were towed.

The General Authority of Meteorology and Environmental Protection warned of further bad weather with rain throughout the Kingdom, and winds and lifting dust in some areas.

Undersecretary of the Ministry of Water, Faisal Al-Subaie, said Saudi Arabia usually witnesses thunderstorms ranging between medium and heavy during this time of the year, but this year the storms have been particularly severe.

Al-Subaie said several municipalities had deployed teams to drain the excess water and clean the fallen trees and debris off the streets.

The Civil Defense has called upon citizens and residents to take precautions and not go near flooded areas or wadis, which are likely to flash flood in heavy rains. 


Massive GCC military exercise begins in eastern KSA on Saturday

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Massive GCC military exercise begins in eastern KSA on Saturday

  • Gulf Shield 10 will be one of the largest military exercise in the region both in terms of the number of forces and participating countries, and wide experience and quality of arms
  • The Gulf Shield forces command is also participating in the exercise, along with forces from the National Guards and Border Guards

JEDDAH: The joint maneuver Gulf Shield 10 will begin on Saturday in the Eastern Province with the participation of military forces from the Gulf Cooperation Council (GCC) countries along with Saudi forces.
The massive exercise is considered one of the largest in the region both in terms of the number of forces and participating countries, and wide experience and quality of arms.
It aims to preserve security and stability in GCC countries by tackling the sources of instability and danger, training on the command and control’s procedures of the participating Gulf forces, modernizing the joint mechanisms and measures of military and security agencies and promoting coordination, cooperation and integration as well as joint security.
Land, air, sea and air defense forces from participating countries are taking part in the maneuver, along with Saudi forces such as the Royal Saudi Land Forces, the Royal Saudi Air Forces, the Air Defense Forces and the Saudi Royal Naval Forces.
The Gulf Shield forces command is also participating in the exercise, along with forces from the National Guards and Border Guards.
Gulf Shield 10 is one of the largest exercises in the region and is considered part of a comprehensive strategic vision by the Saudi Defense Ministry that aims to promote security and military readiness under different circumstances, to preserve stability and security in the Arab Gulf and the world.