Rains damage 51 schools in Tabuk

Updated 30 January 2013
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Rains damage 51 schools in Tabuk

At least 51 schools in Tabuk have been damaged by torrential rains that hit the region during the past two days, the Education Department said yesterday. “We have arranged alternative buildings to run the schools from Saturday,” it added.
The department held a meeting chaired by Dr. Muhammad Al-Laheedan, director general, to discuss the damages caused by the rains.
“We have identified the damaged school buildings after conducting field visits. Some of the students in these schools will be accommodated in nearby institutions,” said Al-Laheedan.
He said the department was also following the condition of students displaced by rains and floods. “We’ll arrange transport for students from their temporary housing facilities to new schools.”
Meanwhile, the Civil Defense said it was making concerted efforts to bring the situation of Tabuk back to normal.
“We have accommodated 1,250 families in furnished apartments and 409 others in suitable buildings. We have also provided accommodation to eight families in Taima, whose homes have been destroyed by floods,” the department said.


More than 100 volunteers support Makkah’s Civil Defense

Some of the volunteers check their assignments before being deployed in different parts of the Grand Mosque in Makkah on Monday. (SPA)
Updated 21 May 2018
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More than 100 volunteers support Makkah’s Civil Defense

JEDDAH: More than a hundred men and women have signed up to render volunteer service in support of the Civil Defense Department inside the Grand Mosque of Makkah for the duration of Ramadan.

The volunteers have been trained to help carry out tasks such as first aid, transporting the injured, and assisting the elderly or whoever needs help while at the Grand Mosque.

Work is being done through two teams, Al-Salaam and Sa’ed, and the volunteers are divided into several domains across eight locations inside the mosque.

“The Civil Defense is working with the concerned authorities to serve the visitors of the Grand Mosque since they arrive at its borders in Makkah and until they are inside,” said Makkah Civil Defense spokesman Col. Saeed Sarhan.

Volunteers are tapped to help the Civil Defense Department  during the Ramadan and Hajj seasons when the number of pilgrims and visitors to Makkah swell.