Heavy rain continues in Gulf region. Various areas of Makkah, the holy pilgrimage center for Muslims in Saudi Arabia, were submerged in water due to unexpected heavy rains. After a month of record rainfall in Jeddah, the country experienced heavy rain again.
The rain started on Thursday night and continued on Friday. Many vehicles were submerged in water as waterlogged roads including small ones. Shops and houses were also heavily damaged by water.
Videos of cars being swept away by heavy water are going viral on social media platforms. King Abdulaziz Airport authorities have asked passengers to confirm the current situation before departure. Footage of Umrah pilgrims who have reached Makkah and offering prayers while getting wet has also come out.
The National Meteorological Center has issued a warning till Friday night that Makkah, Madinah and Tabuk regions may expect more heavy rains in the coming days. Last month, Jeddah city recorded a single day rainfall of 179 mm between 0800-1400 hours on November 24. The figure beat the record set in 2009, when 90mm of rain fell, killing more than 120 people.
A holiday has been declared for schools in the city due to rain. King Abdulaziz University and Jeddah University, two of the most prominent universities in Saudi Arabia, have postponed their first semester final exams.
Meanwhile, parts of the UAE received light rain till Saturday and the weather agency warned that low pressure and rain would continue till Wednesday.
The National Meteorological Center has advised people to take precautions in the event of rain in the eastern, northern and coastal regions of the country.
People were also asked to stay away from flooded and waterlogged areas. On Saturday, some parts of Ras Al Khaimah, Fujairah, Sharjah and Dubai received light rain which led to flooding in some areas.