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Heavy rainfall hits Saudi capital Riyadh

Schools have been closed and people ordered to stay indoors

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Heavy rainfall flooded Saudi Arabia’s capital Riyadh late Saturday, disrupting road traffic and prompting authorities to close schools.

Saudi Arabia’s Civil Defense urged people in Riyadh to remain indoors until the floodwater subsides.

Pictures and videos circulated on social media showed the streets of Riyadh, a city of about 5 million people, flooded.

Road traffic and normal life was brought to a near halt in the usually bustling capital, Al Arabiya television reported.

The correspondent said security and civil defense forces were heavily mobilized in the capital to deal with any emergencies that may arise.

Saudi Arabia, like other desert countries, rarely sees heavy rainfall.

The national weather service has warned of new storms expected Sunday in Riyadh and other parts of the kingdom.

(Photo courtesy: Twitter)