More Floods in Saudi and UAE

Flash floods have continued in the Gulf region, claiming further casualties in Saudi Arabia, and forcing organisers to clse the Dubai Airshow.

United Arab Emirates

UAE has suffered continued heavy rainfall over the last few days and forecasters say that it will continue into the weekend. They also say that this is the heaviest rainfall seen for around 10 years. The rainfall has been it forced the closure of the Dubai Airshow on Thursday 21 November, after the rainfall had flooded parts of a large exhibition hall at the show.

According to Gulf News, some of the worst affected areas include Delma, which saw 189mm in 24 hours by midday Thursday 21 November, and Al Ruwais, which had 85mm.

The UAE Ministry of Education, announced the temporary closure of schools and colleges and the suspension of all classes today, Thursday as a result of the bad weather.

Saudi Arabia

According to the Saudi Press Agency, the Saudi Civil Defense department have announced that flooding in the country that first struck over the weekend, have now killed as many as 11 people. Four other people are missing. The deaths occurred in Riyadh, Araar, Al-Gunfuza and Al-Baha. The Civil Defense department has been kept extra busy over the last week, rescuing 448 people caught up in the floods. 309 vehicles were also retrieved by the department.

One of the dead is believed to be a man who fell into a dam in Al-Baha while he was attempting to take photographs of the raging flood waters.