Authorities on high alert after blizzard

Updated 23 February 2015

Authorities on high alert after blizzard

Health and security officials in Tabuk have been on full alert because of snowstorms in the northwestern part of the Kingdom over the past two days. The affected areas are Al-Dhaher, Alakan, Abu Al-Hanshan, Attabaq, Tinenar, Wadi Al-Asmar, Al-Lawz Mountain and Al-Aniq.
The Saudi Red Crescent has reinforced its teams with extra officials to take care of the large numbers of people who are enjoying the snow. The Civil Defense has issued early warnings to alert people to take care and follow safety measures in such extreme weather conditions.
Khaled Al-Enaizi, spokesman of the Saudi Red Crescent in Tabuk, said 11 teams had been assigned to parks and locations of heavy snowfalls where citizens and residents are out around the clock.
Auda Al-Atawi, spokesman for the health affairs in Tabuk, said they were ready with rescue teams to deal with current weather conditions according to directions from the Civil Defense. He said four mobile units were ready to offer field support at any location.
He said the authorities are coordinating with the Civil Defense and the Red Crescent through the crisis and emergency center which is affiliated with the Health Ministry. Medical support is readily available if needed.
The General Traffic Directorate in Tabuk prepared field teams under the leadership of a number of officers in Alakan, Al-Zaita and the Al-Lawz Mountain, according to Gen. Mohammad Al-Bugami, the traffic director. He said his directorate had implemented a traffic plan to deal with the rain and snowfall and the resulting traffic congestion.
He said the plan included assigning a number of officers and individuals and dividing them into groups to carry out traffic security tasks around the clock. He said that all necessary procedures to guarantee traffic safety for people in these areas are being taken.


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  • Saudi Arabia appointed Prince Faisal bin Farhan Al-Faisal foreign minister
  • Saleh bin Nasser Al-Jasser was appointed transport minister

RIYADH: Saudi Arabia appointed Prince Faisal bin Farhan Al-Faisal foreign minister and Saleh bin Nasser Al-Jasser transport minister, according to royal decrees published by Saudi Press Agency on Wednesday.

Amongst the other decrees, Saleh Mohammed Al-Othaim was appointed deputy head of the Saudi Data and Artificial Intelligence Authority, whilst Abdullah bin Sharaf Al-Ghamdi was appointed head of the Saudi Data and Artificial Intelligence Authority.

Tariq Abdullah Al-Sheddi was appointed head of the National Data Management Office, and Essam Abdullah Al-Waqit was appointed director of the National Information Center. 

Ibrahim Al-Assaf was relieved of his post as Saudi minister of foreign affairs, and Nabil bin Mohammed Al-Amoudi was relieved of his position as minister of transport.