Damaging rains and floods have killed 14 people in Saudi Arabia in recent days as officials say the weather across the Kingdom this year has been among the most severe in decades.
The heavy rain has affected 13 areas of the Kingdom, the Saudi Press Agency reported. Since Oct. 19, the Command and Guidance Center in Riyadh has received 423 requests for help from the civil defense. According to Arab News, Civil Defense forces rescued 299 stranded people, including 115 in Makkah. Most of those needing help were trapped in their vehicles, of which 88 people were evacuated and 282 cars were towed.
Heavy rains have caused annual challenges for authorities in Saudi Arabia, especially when they hit the Kingdom’s major cities in Riyadh and Jeddah.