Civil defense teams rescue residents and animals trapped in Riyadh floods

1 / 3
A civil defense unit comes to the rescue of two young men perched atop their vehicle that got trapped in flood in in Riyadh province on April 13, 2019. (SPA)
2 / 3
Civil Defense teams deploy a rubber raft to rescue trapped residents in Riyadh province on April 13, 2019. (SPA)
3 / 3
Civil Defense teams rescue camels affected by floods in Riyadh province on April 13, 2019. (SPA)
Updated 14 April 2019
0

Civil defense teams rescue residents and animals trapped in Riyadh floods

  • Rain showers with hail led to flooding in some valleys, roads and neighborhoods
  • Civil Defense officials cautions the public to remain careful and to follow safety guidelines at all times

RIYADH: Inclement weather affecting parts of Saudi Arabia have caused flooding in some areas, prompting rescue operations by the Directorate for Civil Defense, the Saudi Press Agency (SPA) said on Saturday.
In Riyadh province, several roads were rendered inaccessible to vehicular traffic and authorities were working around the clock to get them cleared.
Rain showers with hail led to flooding in some valleys, roads and neighborhoods, particularly in the governorates of Qawaiya, Al-Kharj, Al-Dulm and Shaqra.
Lieutenant Colonel Mohammed Al-Hammadi, Riyadh Civil Defense media spokesman, said a number of people trapped in several areas had to be rescued.

A Civil Defense amphibious team comes to the rescue of two men trapped atop their vehicle that got stuck in flood in Riyadh province on April 13, 2019. (SPA)


He urged the public to remain careful and to observe instructions and safety guidelines that had been issued.
He also called upon people to stay away from water-logged areas, electricity sources, valleys and flood waters, as well as to avoid open spaces near trees during lightning. Objects moving during strong winds also posed a risk, he added.
Civil Defense in Riyadh had taken all precautions and was ready to deal with heavy rains and floods, the SPA reported him as saying.
Heavy rain also fell in the western mountain region of Asir region, the General Authority for Meteorology and Environmental Protection said on Saturday.
The weather agency warned of thunderstorms actively associated with dust storms in Najran region, particularly in the governorates of Sharurah and Habuna and nearby places.
 


Saudi civil aviation announces the opening of NEOM Bay airport

Updated 42 min 16 sec ago
0

Saudi civil aviation announces the opening of NEOM Bay airport

RIYADH: Saudi Arabia's General Authority of Civil Aviation announced on Tuesday the opening of Neom Bay Airport in the northern region of Sharma.
The authority said that the airport has been licensed and us ready to receive commercial flights starting next week, after the first phase of development work was completed and was registered by the International Air Transport Association (IATA) earlier with the code “NUM.”
At present, Neom Bay Airport will conduct regular flights to investors and employees of the Neom project.