Saudi Arabia: Storm kills 2, damages main road to Makkah

At least two died on Thursday after torrential rains hit western Saudi Arabia, including Jeddah, delaying flights and closing schools.

Makkah’s regional government tweeted: “Two deaths have been recorded so far, and we call on everyone not to go out unless necessary.”

Heavy rains slammed western Saudi Arabia, including Jeddah, delaying flights and closing schools, officials reported.

“Two deaths have been reported so far,” the Makkah regional government said.

Jeddah, the kingdom’s second-largest city with 4 million people, and Makkah city, the holiest city in Islam, are in the Makkah region.

State media reported that the road connecting the two, which many pilgrims use to reach Makkah, was closed Thursday when the rains began.

Al Ekhbariya showed people around the Holy Kaaba at the Grand Mosque in Makkah under a downpour.

Images uploaded Thursday showed standing water slowing traffic in Jeddah and partially burying vehicles.

King Abdulaziz International Airport announced that several flights have been delayed due to weather and recommended customers contact airlines for updated itineraries.

Schools in the city were suspended before dawn since rain was anticipated to persist all day. BKM/ Expat Media

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