While drinking water in Jeddah may be in short supply, the run-off of heavy rains presents the problem of too much water in the wrong places.
Following the lethal floods in Jeddah in 2009, Jeddawis have become sensitive to the problem of flash flooding in the trail of heavy rain. Heavy rain is precisely what Saudi meteorologists are predicting for the next few coming days, so the government is broadcasting its preparedness. Arab News covers the comprehensive preparations now being taken…
Kingdom on alert after warning of heavy rains
JEDDAH: JASSIM ABUZAID | Arab News Staff
All government agencies are on alert for an expected cold front and heavy rain over several areas in the Kingdom from tomorrow until Wednesday.
Citizens and residents have been warned to take every precaution over the next few days.
Prince Mohammad bin Naif, minister of interior, ordered all government departments to prepare resources, personnel and equipment for the expected climatic changes.
Abdullah Thabet Al-Arabi Al-Harathi, spokesman of the Civil Defense, said the prince is following events closely and ordered heads of defense committees to prepare emergency plans across the Kingdom.
Equipment and units are being mobilized in populated areas where heavy rain is expected.
Civil Defense committees and various ministries are coordinating joint action to ensure public safety.
Village committees have been placed on standby, he said.