Death toll from floods rises to 35; over 4,000 evacuated

The Civil Defense rescued a total of 2,157 people during the recent floods in various parts of the Kingdom.

By Ibrahim Alawi

Okaz/Saudi Gazette


The death toll from the recent rain and floods that hit several parts of the Kingdom rose to 35 as of Wednesday, according to the Civil Defense.

In a report on the aftermath of the rain, the Civil Defense said a total of 2,157 people were rescued and 4,038 others evacuated from their houses while 2,536 accommodated in safe places.

The Civil Defense said its commanda and control centers in various parts of the Kingdom have been compiling reports about the damage caused by the rains.

It said 384 people were rescued in Riyadh, 192 in Makkah, 104 in Madinah, 844 in the Eastern Province, 12 in Asir, 136 in Qassim 25, in Tabuk, 131 in Baha, seven in Najran, five in Jazan, 265 in Al-Jouf, 16 in the Northern Border Province and 26 in Hail. The Civil Defense said 11 of the deaths were in Makkah province, four each in the Eastern Province and Al-Baha, three each in Hail and Qassim, two each in Tabuk, Jazan and Al-Jouf and one each in Riyadh and Najran.

It said 3,616 people were evacuated from their houses in Al-Jouf alone while 15 people were evacuated in Riyadh, 10 in Makkah, 180 in Qassim, seven in Tabuk, 187 in the Eastern Province, and 23 in Najran.

The authorities had set up 63 committees to assess the material damage caused by the floods.

According to the Civil Defense, the deaths were caused by flash floods, drowning in pools formed by rainwater, electrocution and building collapses.