Urgent report on Jeddah floods to be presented to King Salman

Prince Khaled al-Faisal has announced an urgent report on this week's floods in Jeddah will be presented to the Saudi king

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An urgent report will be presented to Saudi Arabia’s King Salman bin Abdulaziz on flooding that hit Jeddah this week following heavy rainfall, the governor of Makkah Province, Prince Khaled al-Faisal, was reported as saying on Thursday.

Announcing the report, Prince al-Faisal said: “The initial reports indicated that some channels were blocked because of a maintenance defect and tunnels filled up with water due to a power outage in the pumps.”

He added that the king welcomed ‘productive criticism and that he is thankful to anyone with advice.’

Prince al-Faisal said he believed that if any other city had received the same amount of rain, the same flooding would have happened.

He added: “Water flowed through 15 dams to the sub-channels then to the main channel which, in turn, lead it to the sea.

“These floods did not enter any internal streets in Jeddah. The city was not affected by torrents. And water in [the] streets lacking a rain drainage system flooded only because those containing this kind of system are very few and limited.”

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