Heavy rains on the northern city of Tabuk over the past 48 hours have caused serious damages and displaced many people in the souther part of the city, local media reported. Residents of the city have posted many photos and videos of flooded streets and stranded cars on social media sites using the hashtag “Tabuk is drowning.” In one video reportedly recorded Sunday night, people in cars and on foot appeared as they attempted to escape the floods with desperate attempts by the police to direct the traffic using loudspeakers.
The Civil Defense chief in Tabuk told al-Riyadh that they continue to receive requests for rescue from citizens across region, while a spokesman for the local government there has confirmed the death of a one-year-old baby in the floods in one of the valleys outside the city. Hussein al-Qahtani, a spokesman for the Presidency of Meteorology and Environment (PME), told Asharq al-Awsat that the precipitation recorded in Tabuk has reached 40 ml, adding that more rains are expected on the city and other parts of northern Saudi Arabia. Schools have been suspended until further notice from PME and the Civil Defense.
Heavy rains have become a major source of concern for the population in Saudi Arabia after the coastal city of Jeddah was flooded twice in 2009 and 2011. At least 122 have been reported death in 2009 Jeddah floods.