Saudi Arabia: Officials arrested over Jeddah flood

Published December 28th, 2009 - 01:01 GMT

About 40 Saudi officials and contractors have been arrested in the probe into the November 25 flood in Jeddah which killed some 120 people, local media reported Monday. Eight top officials of the city's mayor's office were taken away by police on Sunday, the Saudi Gazette reported.

 

The Jeddah officials detained by two dozen police officers included an assistant to the mayor, four department heads, and the former head of the city's projects division, the Jeddah-based daily said. That came after another 30 or more officials, consultants and contractors being taken in by police earlier to face an investigation committee ordered by King Abdullah and led by Prince Khaled al-Faisal, the governor of the Mecca region, which includes Jeddah.

 

Thousands were left homeless and more than 7,000 vehicles were destroyed in the city. According to AFP, the floods provoked outrage, with Jeddah citizens calling on the Internet for the sacking of public officials.

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