RIYADH: ARAB NEWS
Published — Sunday 3 February 2013
Last update 3 February 2013 7:16 am
Aerial surveys of flood-affected areas in Tabuk province are continuing with at least 50 flight hours daily, said Commander General of the Security Aviation Maj. Gen. Muhammad Al-Harbi.
He expressed satisfaction that no lives have been lost and that the rescue operations have all been successful.
He said 30 people stranded in the flash floods were rescued. They are all in good health.
The flights are taking place during the day and night, he added.
He said the reconnaissance aircraft also assisted in regulating traffic in flood-affected areas. Five aircraft, equipped with the latest devices for reconnaissance and rapid airlifting, were participating in the operations.
He said top professional crews are involved in the missions and are following orders from Interior Minister Prince Muhammad bin Naif and Tabuk Governor Prince Fahd bin Sultan.
He said extra staff have been assigned and more flights scheduled to cover all cities and rural areas, including military cities and valleys, which were affected by the torrential rain.
Al-Harbi warned people to stay away from flooded valleys.