Heavy rain causes flooding in Jeddah

Published January 4th, 2011 - 09:30 GMT

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A Saudi man and a woman leave their car after it got stuck in a flooded street following heavy rain in the Red Sea port city of Jeddah.
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Image 1 of 7: A Saudi man and a woman leave their car after it got stuck in a flooded street following heavy rain in the Red Sea port city of Jeddah.

Saudis leave their vehicles in a flooded street following heavy rain in the Red Sea port city of Jeddah.
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Image 1 of 7: Saudis leave their vehicles in a flooded street following heavy rain in the Red Sea port city of Jeddah.

Saudi children walk through a flooded street following heavy rain.
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Image 1 of 7: Saudi children walk through a flooded street following heavy rain.

Enjoying the disaster is easier than sadness, as Saudis are walking through the flooded street.
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Image 1 of 7: Enjoying the disaster is easier than sadness, as Saudis are walking through the flooded street.

Saudi men are trying to push a car stuck in a flooded street.
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Image 1 of 7: Saudi men are trying to push a car stuck in a flooded street.

Saudi men keep pushing, doing as what they red sign says 'Push to Do' (L).
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Image 1 of 7: Saudi men keep pushing, doing as what they red sign says "Push to Do" (L).

As many Saudi men gathered together for help, they succeeded to move the stuck car.
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Image 1 of 7: As many Saudi men gathered together for help, they succeeded to move the stuck car.

Heavy rainstorms on Wednesday had hampered the start of the annual Muslim event in the city of Mecca.

It quotes officials as saying the deaths had been caused by flooding and collapsed homes. Witnesses said many of the victims were trapped in cars and buses.

Twenty-one of the dead were Saudis and the rest were foreign immigrants resident in the country, said Jeddah civil defence chief Abdullah al-Amri, quoted by the Associated Press.

The floods hit particularly hard in the shantytowns around the city, he added.

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