Saudi Arabia’s Civil Defense continues rescue efforts as more heavy rain to come

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Saudi Arabia’s Civil Defense teams in the Qassim region began attending to a number of accidents caused by heavy rains that have hit the area during the last 24 hours. (SPA)
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Saudi Arabia’s Civil Defense teams in the Qassim region began attending to a number of accidents caused by heavy rains that have hit the area during the last 24 hours. (SPA)
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Torrential rain on Al-Baha province throughout the Friday. (SPA)
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Saudi Arabia’s Civil Defense teams in the Qassim region began attending to a number of accidents caused by heavy rains that have hit the area during the last 24 hours. (SPA)
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Torrential rain on Al-Baha province throughout the Friday. (SPA)
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Torrential rain on Al-Baha province throughout the Friday. (SPA)
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Torrential rain on Al-Baha province throughout the Friday. (SPA)
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Saudi Air Defense Forces, in cooperation with Makkah’s civil defense, launched an airlift operation to rescue two Indian nationals stranded on top of their car, which was flooded in Al-Lith Valley. (Al-Ekhbariya)
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Saudi Air Defense Forces, in cooperation with Makkah’s civil defense, launched an airlift operation to rescue two Indian nationals stranded on top of their car, which was flooded in Al-Lith Valley. (Al-Ekhbariya)
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Saudi Air Defense Forces, in cooperation with Makkah’s civil defense, launched an airlift operation to rescue two Indian nationals stranded on top of their car, which was flooded in Al-Lith Valley. (Al-Ekhbariya)
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Saudi Air Defense Forces, in cooperation with Makkah’s civil defense, launched an airlift operation to rescue two Indian nationals stranded on top of their car, which was flooded in Al-Lith Valley. (Al-Ekhbariya)
Updated 24 November 2018

Saudi Arabia’s Civil Defense continues rescue efforts as more heavy rain to come

JEDDAH: Saudi Arabia’s Civil Defense teams in Qassim responded on Friday to a number of incidents caused by heavy rains in the region.
More than 40 people were safely rescued from their flooded homes in the city of Buraidah, and moved to temporary accommodation, said Col. Ibrahim Aba Al-Khail, spokesman for the Civil Defense.
Fifteen other households were also evacuated in Unaizah. 
Al-Khail said the rainfall caused electric strikes that halted several vehicles and five people were rescued, all of whom are in good health.
Authorities have requested the public to stay away from dangerous areas and abide by the safety guidelines that have been issued.
He added that the Civil Defense’s safety patrols are continuing to monitor the situation and are coordinating with the relevant authorities depending on the case.
Teams in Makkah also deployed units in designated areas as a precautionary measure for the rainy season. 

“Rescue teams, safety patrols and supporting equipment were deployed in specific areas and locations in advance,” said Nayef Al-Sharif, Civil Defense spokesperson in the holy city.
The plan in Makkah is in coordination with relevant bodies to prepare control and operational rooms for emergency responses as well as to assess water levels.
The Saudi Air Defense Forces have also rescued two Indian nationals stranded on top of their car in a flooded valley in Al-Lith.
The General Directorate of Civil Defense urged people to take precaution and keep away from valleys, flooded waters, and electricity generators. 
Heavy rain has been forecast in the city of Taif and the provinces of Al-Jouf, Al-Baha, Qassim, and Tabuk.


Recent archaeological discoveries highlight Saudi Arabia as ‘a cradle of human civilizations,’ Rome conference told

Updated 06 December 2019

Recent archaeological discoveries highlight Saudi Arabia as ‘a cradle of human civilizations,’ Rome conference told

RIYADH: Saudi Arabia has become a leader in the field of archaeological research in the past five years, a major exhibition in Rome was told.

Abdullah Al-Zahrani, director-general of archaeological research and studies at the Saudi Commission for Tourism and National Heritage, said that 44 international archaeological missions had been carried out this year in the Kingdom.

He was speaking on the sidelines of the “Roads of Arabia: Masterpieces of Antiquities in Saudi Arabia Across the Ages” exhibition, which opened at the National Museum of Rome on Nov. 26.

The groundbreaking exhibition was inaugurated by Saudi Minister of Culture Badr bin Abdullah bin Farhan and Italian Minister of Cultural Heritage and Activities Dario Franceschini.

Al-Zahrani said that the Kingdom “has become one of the most advanced countries in terms of archaeological disclosures.”

“Recent discoveries by local and international missions have highlighted the Kingdom’s historical status and cultural depth as the cradle of the beginnings of human civilizations,” he said.

Archaeological discoveries continue to “instil the civilized dimension of the Kingdom,” he said.

“The religious, political, economic and cultural stature that Saudi Arabia enjoys is an extension of its long cultural heritage, in addition to its distinctive geographical position as a bridge and hub of cultural interaction between East and West that made it a meeting point for international land and sea trade routes throughout all ages,” he added.