Two die in Riyadh flooding
Two people were killed in the flooding caused by thunderstorms which paralysed Riyadh earlier this week, Saudi newspapers reported on Wednesday. Some 155 people had to be rescued as cars, buses and commercial vehicles stalled in up to two metres of water during the afternoon rush hour on Monday, civil defence spokesman Abdullah al-Ghaffari told the Saudi Gazette.
Fearing more bad weather, city officials called a state of emergency and shut schools on Tuesday. Government meteorological officials warned that more heavy rainfall could occur on Thursday or Friday.