Saudi storm closes colleges, cuts principal highway to Mecca

Heavy rains within the Saudi coastal metropolis of Jeddah on Thursday delayed flights, pressured the suspension of colleges and closed the highway to Mecca, Islam’s holiest metropolis, state media reported.

Jeddah, a metropolis of some 4 million folks positioned on the Pink Sea, is sometimes called the “gateway to Mecca,” the place tens of millions of individuals make the hajj and umrah pilgrimages annually.

Pictures posted to social media on Thursday confirmed standing water snarling site visitors in Jeddah and partially submerging some automobiles.

Town’s King Abdulaziz Worldwide Airport stated that “because of climate situations, the departure of some flights has been delayed” and urged passengers to contact the carriers for up to date schedules.

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The official Saudi information company reported earlier than daybreak that the town’s colleges could be suspended because the rains had been anticipated to proceed all through the day.

Colleges have additionally been closed within the close by cities of Rabigh and Khulais “to protect the protection of female and male college students,” SPA stated.

The dominion is within the midst of ultimate exams however colleges had been already closed nationwide on Wednesday after King Salman declared a vacation following Saudi Arabia’s shock defeat to Argentina on the World Cup.

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Winter storms and floods happen almost yearly in Jeddah, the place residents have lengthy complained of poor infrastructure.

Flooding killed 123 folks within the metropolis in 2009 and 10 extra two years later.