Hussein Shobokshi on the recent rainfall:
This severe climate change must have an impact on different aspects of life in Saudi Arabia. We must completely reconsider the standards, criteria and measures used in the construction of roads, bridges, tunnels, drainage networks and urban planning processes as a whole. There is an urgent need to develop the operations of the Civil Defense sector, preparing it to deal with such cases more often, rather than on an emergency basis only. Well-equipped flood-proof shelters must be established in the main cities so as to provide people with temporary relief centers. In addition, we must ensure that the construction of future public transport systems meet the requirements of climate change and avoid old criteria.
The heavy rains over the last week killed at least 24 people according Civil Defense sources.