Heavy rainfall to continue in Makkah and Hail regions

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The city of Hail has had heavy rainfall today. (SPA)
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Different cities were affected by heavy rain in Hail. (SPA)
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Valleys in the Hail region. (SPA)
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Valleys were created due to heavy rainfall. (SPA)
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Cloudy weather today in the Hail region. (SPA)
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SPA shared more photos of the rain in Hail. (SPA)
Updated 22 November 2018

Heavy rainfall to continue in Makkah and Hail regions

The General Authority for Meteorology and Environment Protection has announced an advanced weather alert in the Meakkah region of moderate to heavy thunderstorm accompanied by active winds limiting the horizontal vision. 
The alert included Jeddah, Rabigh, Thul, Shuaiba, Mughirma, Lith and its neighboring cities, starting today and continuing until noon on Friday.

The Hail region, including the city of Hail and its surrounding suburbs and villages, and the provinces of Wall, Shanna, Muqqq experienced heavy rain today which resulted in the creation of valleys. It is still extremely cloudy in the region. 
 




Advanced weather alert in the Meakkah region: moderate to heavy thunderstorm accompanied by active winds limiting the horizontal vision.

Earlier this week, moderate to heavy thunderstorms and rains, accompanied by dust-lifting winds were forecast over several regions in the Kingdom. A total of 2,157 people were rescued since last Wednesday up to Tuesday morning due to the rains that hit these areas by the command of the General Directorate of Civil Defense.


Indian woman who alleged gang rape dies after burn attack

Updated 35 min 1 sec ago

Indian woman who alleged gang rape dies after burn attack

  • The woman was attacked in the state of Uttar Pradesh by a group of men that included two of the five she had accused of gang rape last year
  • The 23-year-old woman suffered extensive injuries and was airlifted Thursday from Uttar Pradesh to Safdarjung Hospital in New Delhi, where she died late Friday of cardiac arrest

NEW DELHI: An alleged rape victim in northern India who was set on fire while heading to a court hearing in the case has died in a New Delhi hospital, officials said Saturday.
The woman was attacked in the state of Uttar Pradesh by a group of men that included two of the five she had accused of gang rape last year, police said. The two were out of custody on bail.
Five men were arrested in connection with the burn attack, police said.
The 23-year-old woman suffered extensive injuries and was airlifted Thursday from Uttar Pradesh to Safdarjung Hospital in New Delhi, where she died late Friday of cardiac arrest, said Dr. Shalab Kumar, head of the hospital’s burn unit.
Yogi Adityanath, the state’s chief minister, said that the case would be heard in a fast track court and that the “strictest of punishment will be given to the culprits.”
Priyanka Gandhi, general secretary of the opposition Congress party, faulted the Uttar Pradesh government, led by Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s ruling Bharatiya Janata Party, for failing to provide the woman with security, even after a similar case in the state in which a woman who accused a BJP lawmaker of rape was severely injured in a vehicle hit-and-run incident.
Uttar Pradesh, India’s most populous state, is known for its poor record regarding crimes against women. According to the most recent available official crime records, police registered more than 4,200 cases of rape in the state in 2017 — the most in India.
Government figures for 2017 also show that police registered 33,658 cases of rape in the country. But the real figure is believed to be far higher as many women in India don’t report cases to police due to fear.
Indian courts also seem to be struggling to deal with these cases. Data shows that more than 90% of cases of crimes against women are pending in city courts.
The burn victim’s death came on the same day police in the southern state of Telangana fatally shot four men being held on suspicion of raping and killing a 27-year-old veterinarian after investigators took them to the crime scene. Their deaths drew both praise and condemnation in a case that has sparked protests across the country.
The woman’s burned corpse was found last week by a passer-by near the city of Hyderabad, India’s tech hub, after she went missing the previous night.
Police took the four suspects, who had not been charged with any crime, to the scene to help them locate the victim’s phone and other items, officials said. They said the men grabbed police firearms and began shooting, and were killed when police returned fire.
The Telangana High Court ordered authorities to preserve the bodies of the suspects and submit a video of the autopsies ahead of a court hearing set for Monday.
Separately, the National Commission on Human Rights, an autonomous body within India’s Parliament, sent a fact-finding mission to the crime scene and mortuary where the suspects’ bodies were held on Saturday amid questions from opposition lawmakers about the circumstances of the suspects’ deaths.