Flood warning as cyclone nears Saudi Arabia

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Staff members remove the rain water covered a corridor at a hotel in Salalah, Oman, on Friday, May 25, 2018. (AP)
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Men walk on a road flooded after heavy rain and strong winds caused damage in Hadibu as Cyclone Mekunu pounded the Yemeni island of Socotra, on Thursday, May 24, 2018. (AP)
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This satellite image provided by the U.S. Navy's Joint Typhoon Warning Center shows Cyclone Mekunu over the Yemeni island of Socotra in the Arabian Sea as it heads for the coast of Oman on Thursday morning at 12:00 p.m. GMT on May 24, 2018. (AP)
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Updated 26 May 2018

Flood warning as cyclone nears Saudi Arabia

  • Latest observations show that the centre of the cyclone hit the coast of Dhofar province
  • Thousands of residents near the coastal areas in the two provinces have been evacuated

JEDDAH: Torrential rain could cause flash flooding in parts of Saudi Arabia as tropical cyclone Mekunu makes landfall over neighboring Oman early on Saturday.
The General Authority of Meteorology and Environment Protection said the cyclone in the Arabian Sea was moving north to northwest with wind speeds of up to 160 kilometers an hour at its center.
Forecasters said the cyclone would turn into a tropical storm, with heavy rain predicted for parts of the Kingdom from Saturday until next Tuesday.
The authority will issue daily weather reports and alerts via the early warning system on its website and social media outlets. 


Saudi Arabia’s ‘Awdah’ initiative helps over 12,790 expats return home

Updated 04 June 2020

Saudi Arabia’s ‘Awdah’ initiative helps over 12,790 expats return home

  • Residents with exit and re-entry visas, final exit visas and individuals with visit visas are eligible for the service
  • People can register through the Absher platform

DUBAI: Saudi Arabia’s initiative Awdah helped 12,798 expatriates return home amid the coronavirus travel bans, state news agency SPA reported.
The program, which means return in Arabic, was launched by the Ministry of Foreign Affairs to help stranded expats return to their home countries and received a total of 178,452 individual registrations between April 22 to June 3. Only those whose countries have agreed to receive them have been flown out.
Residents with exit and re-entry visas, final exit visas and individuals with visit visas are eligible for the service.
To register, a person must use the Absher platform to provide residency number, date of birth, phone number, city of departure and name of airport at home country, the report added.
The Ministry of Foreign Affairs, the Ministry of Hajj and Umrah, the Ministry of Human Resources and Development, the General Authority of Civil Aviation and other governmental organizations are working together to help stranded expats return home.