Saudi Arabia – Dozens Rescued After Floods in North and West

Civil Defence in Saudi Arabia have rescued over 100 people from flash floods over the last few days.

The flooding came after heavy rain and northern and western parts of Saudi Arabia between 27 and 29 January.

The Civil Defence said it carried out rescues in Tabuk, Jawf, Madinah and Makkah regions. One person died in the flooding in Madinah, where around 30 people were evacuated after flooding damaged their homes. Schools have been closed in affected areas.

Parts of the country, including Riyadh and Jeddah, have also experienced strong winds and sandstorms.

Flooding in Saudi Arabia, January 2019. Photo: Saudi Arabia Civil Defence
Civil Defence carry out flood rescues in Saudi Arabia, January 2019. Photo: Saudi Arabia Civil Defence

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Flood Summary

Last updated: February 1, 2019
Event
Saudi Arabia, Iraq and Iran, January to February 2019
Date
January 26 to February 1, 2019
Type
Flash flood
Cause
Extreme rainfall
Flooding affected northern and western parts of Saudi Arabia between 27 and 29 January. Civil Defence reported dozens of rescues and later that 12 people had died, including 10 in Tabuk and 1 in Medina. Civil Defence also said a total of 271 people had been rescued across the country and 137 evacuated in Tabuk region. On 28 January, Anadolu Agency, quoting Iraqi civil-defence officials, reported that more than 50 homes in Iraq’s Najaf province have been swept away by severe flash flood. Iranian Red Crescent Society (IRCS) said it provided emergency shelter for 800 people after heavy rain in southern and western provinces triggered massive floods from 27 January. IRCS said flooding affected the provinces of Khuzestan, Lorestan, Ilam and Kermanshah. A total of around 1,400 people were affected.

Locations

A - Tabuk (Saudi Arabia)
B - Jawf (Saudi Arabia)
C - Madinah (Saudi Arabia)
D - Makkah (Saudi Arabia)
E - Najaf, Iraq (Iraq)
F - Khuzestan (Iran)
G - Lorestan (Iran)
H - Kermanshah (Iran)
I - Ilam (Iran)
J - Al Henakiyah - Rainfall level 41 mm in 24 hours
K - Jeddah - Rainfall level 56 mm in 24 hours
L - Al-Jouf - Rainfall level 52 mm in 24 hours
M - Arar - Rainfall level 51 mm in 24 hours
N - Salahaddin, Iraq - Rainfall level 54.9 mm in 24 hours
O - Ilam, Iran - Rainfall level 79.2 mm in 24 hours
P - Khorramabad, Lorestan Province, Iran - Rainfall level 51.8 mm in 24 hours

Magnitude

Rainfall level
41 mm in 24 hours
Al Henakiyah - January 28 to January 29, 2019
Presidency of Meteorology and Environment (PME) figures
Rainfall level
56 mm in 24 hours
Jeddah - January 27 to January 28, 2019
Presidency of Meteorology and Environment (PME) figures
Rainfall level
52 mm in 24 hours
Al-Jouf - January 27 to January 28, 2019
WMO figures
Rainfall level
51 mm in 24 hours
Arar - January 27 to January 28, 2019
WMO figures
Rainfall level
54.9 mm in 24 hours
Salahaddin, Iraq - January 27 to January 28, 2019
WMO figures
Rainfall level
79.2 mm in 24 hours
Ilam, Iran - January 28 to January 29, 2019
WMO figures
Rainfall level
51.8 mm in 24 hours
Khorramabad, Lorestan Province, Iran - January 28 to January 29, 2019

Damages

Fatalities
12 people
Madinah and Tabuk - January 26 to January 29, 2019
Rescued
271 people
Tabuk, Jawf, Madinah and Makkah regions - January 26 to January 30, 2019
Evacuated
170 people
Madinah and Tabuk - January 26 to January 29, 2019
Buildings destroyed
50 buildings
Najaf province, Iraq - January 27 to January 29, 2019
Evacuated
800 people
Khuzestan, Iran - January 27 to February 1, 2019
IRCS said 800 were staying in temporary shelters in