Updated: 12/4/2018 3:20:24 AM
Despite repeated warnings by the Civil Defense and other security authorities, many motorists risked their lives by crossing flooded valleys during heavy rains in various parts of the Kingdom. By ignoring the official warnings, these men not only exposed themselves to extreme danger but also inflicted heavy damage to their cars, which were swept away by flash floods.
Consequently, insurance companies are overwhelmed by claims from people who have their damaged because of rain and floods. According to insurance experts, it is wrong to compensate such people for the damage caused to their cars because they acted ignoring warnings by the Civil Defense.
Insurance companies in this case should have the freedom to determine who deserves compensation for damage to cars because of floods, the experts said. The companies should have the discretion to decide whether or not to compensate those who venture into flooded valleys exposing themselves and their vehicles to danger.
Updated: 12/2/2018 4:09:24 AM
Further torrential rain was forecast for several regions of the Kingdom, including Tabuk, Madinah and its coastal areas, Al-Jouf, the Northern Border Region and Hail, the General Authority of Meteorology and Environmental Protection warned Friday, November 30, 2018. Thunderstorms were also expected in the Makkah area, including its coastal areas, as well as in the southwestern highlands.
Updated: 12/1/2018 4:17:57 AM
The General Directorate of Civil Defense in the Riyadh region called on the public to be careful and to take precautionary measures after moderate to heavy rainfall was predicted in the region, starting from Saturday.
The directorate urged people in the region not to go out in heavy rainfall unless necessary, to take extra care whilst driving in the rain, and to stay out of floodwater.
Civil Defense teams in Tabuk rescued 49 people stranded in valleys after heavy rains caused flooding on Thursday.
Updated: 11/30/2018 1:22:45 AM
Rainfall in Riyadh continued on Thursday, with heavy downpours throwing traffic out of gear in many parts of the city, and substantially bringing down the temperature.
The Civil Defense department cautioned city dwellers to exercise restraint while driving and take maximum precautions against the inclement weather conditions.
It further urged residents to avoid going to valleys and low-lying areas facing flash floods.
Updated: 11/29/2018 1:47:37 AM
At least 30 people were killed as a result of accidents caused by rain and floods in various parts of Saudi Arabia in recent days, according to the Directorate General of Civil Defense. The Civil Defense said as many as 1,480 people were rescued during the week ending on Tuesday. According to the Civil Defense, most of the deaths were caused by electrocution in water-logged areas. It said as many as 3,865 people were evacuated from rain-stricken areas to safe places.
Meanwhile, the General Authority of Meteorology and Environmental Protection expected rains to continue during the week in a number of areas including Riyadh, the Eastern Province, Makkah, Hail, Qassim, Al Jouf and others.
Published Tuesday, November 27, 2018
The General Commission for Meteorology and Environment Protection (GAMEP) warned of torrential rain in the Eastern province. It posted an alert on its Twitter account, announcing that heavy rain would start falling within an hour in Dammam, Jubeil, Al-Khobar, Al-Dhahran, and other neighboring areas.
Meanwhile, a number of schools will close today in the governorate of Al-laith, due to the water pools which resulted from heavy rain.
The school officials sent messages to students' families informing them of the closure of their educational establishments.
Saudi Arabia Flash Flood Facts
Affected Area: 300 km.
Alert Level: Yellow