Saudi Arabia’s Tabuk province survives torrential rains

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Following 17 hours of heavy rain, the northern Saudi province of Tabuk passed the test of floods as streams acquired the capacity this time to channel rainwater to unpopulated areas outside the province.

Mohammad Alamry, Tabuk province secretary, issued a statement saying that the flood has passed without serious damages and that they are local authorities are working to insure that all damages are minimum and that future floods are to be encountered by better preparedness.

Five helicopters had been deployed for emergency evacuation in the mostly affected areas. The fire department evacuated 600 houses as a precautionary measure and was successful in sheltering families that had to leave their homes

An official said more than 2,000 people filed claims for the damages and requested shelters and general aid that were provided by the province.

Prince Fahd Bin Sultan, Emir of Tabuk Region, had directed provincial authorities to be on high alert and exert efforts to ensure public safety. Authorities were also ordered to provide various forms of assistance such as accommodation and food for affected people.

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