Saudi emergency plan set to combat extreme weather

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Saudi Arabian armed forces have provided aircrafts and specific equipment in order to aid civil defense forces as flash floods killed 24 people, according to Al Arabiya.

Al Arabiya reported that at least 18 ministries and governmental institutions have taken part in the process in order to combat the extreme weather Saudi is facing.

Several days of heavy rain and floods has left dozens dead and four missing, the General Directorate of Civil Defense, Saad bin Abdullah al-Tuwaijri said on Friday, the Saudi Press Agency (SPA) reported.

The official said rescue teams have been deployed in search of those who have been unaccounted for.

The region of Al-Taef was the most affected, with at least 7 dead. 5 were killed in the southern regions of Al-Akeek and Al-Baha due to flooding, Tuwaijiri said.

In addition, Riyadh governorates of Al-Kharj and Al-Aflaj at least 6 were killed, according to Al Arabiya. Individual deaths due to drowning were also reported by the TV channel in Al-Madina Al-Mounawwara, Al-Hareek , Al-Majmaa, al-Quayiaa, Bisha and Khamees Musheit.

Rescue teams evacuated six villages in the southwestern Bisha province after a sand dam at the valley of Tabala partially collapsed, SPA reported.

The cumulative rainfall in areas in southern Saudi has reached 100mm and 120mm.

The Civil defense is still predicting rain and thunder across the country.

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