SkyWatch: Deadly Rains

Last week, Jeddah experienced torrential rains in the period of just a few hours which caused severe flooding and chaos in the city. In the two years that I have lived here, rain has been a very rare occurrence and even then it was more like light sprinkles instead of real rain. The streets turned into rivers. In our area of the city, I estimate that water was at least three feet deep in places. South Jeddah suffered the worst however, with waters so deep that cars were completely submerged, thousands were rendered homeless, and more than 100 were left dead and countless more missing. Uncharacteristic public outcry and finger-pointing has emerged in the wake of this disaster, with citizens demanding answers and placing blame on the city developers for faulty planning and for being unprepared for such a devastating tragedy.
For more information and photos of this event: Susie’s Big Adventure “When It Rains, It Pours;” Arab News “Fear of Epidemic Looms Over Jeddah;” France24 “Saudis Blast Government After Deadly Jeddah Flood.”
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American woman now living in hubby's homeland of Saudi Arabia
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20 Responses to SkyWatch: Deadly Rains

  1. Damama T says:

    Such sad happenings. Those poor families. And poor you, as well. Too bad that this has marred your adventure. Thank you for sharing!

  2. Eileen says:

    It is sad when the weather claims lives. The heavy rains and bad weather seem to be wreaking havoc around the world. It is an amazing photo of the flooding.

  3. Sad reading about the loss of life and flooding..and possible aftereffects to health of those surviving.
    In planning a town or city the engineers plan on what is normal in the area..and if as you say..”It never rains like this”…seems they could not be held accountable for something unexpected….who knows…


  4. Nonizamboni says:

    Really sorry to read about the flooding. Some things are so unexpected and remind us how we are truly subservient to acts of nature. Your photo was stunning–thanks for sharing!

  5. Jerry M says:

    Cities like Jeddah aren’t natural developments. Given how new much of the city is, the flooding damage should have been preventable. It is a problem of engineering and resources. Both are available for the money. Saudi Arabia has money.


  6. Judy says:

    This is a sad and amazing story, Susie! As you know, we get flash floods here whenever it rains. To stay safe, all we need to do is stay out of the washes, rivers, and creeks until the water passes and things dry up, which doesn’t take long. But every year there is someone who needs to be rescued because they went around a barricade. Your pictures tell a very different story, with entire city streets under water. Very frightening.

  7. Having grown up in a desert area of Texas, I can surely relate to this type of flooding! I’m so glad that you and your family are safe! So very sorry for the loss of life and property! Terrific shot that really captures the enormous amount of flooding! Take care, Susie!

    Have a safe, DRY, weekend!


  8. Bill B. says:

    How do you plan for something that never occurs? I’m sure there is little snow removal equipment in the Kingdom as well.

  9. Gwendolyn says:

    I have been reading your posts and enjoy the history that you are sharing with us. The pictures do well to show your story. Thank you for taking the time.

  10. fickleinpink says:

    sad for all the people affected by the flood…

  11. Jossie says:

    Dreadful. I feel sorry for all victims of the floods. You would not expect this in your part of the world.

  12. Gemma says:

    What an incredible sight! The power of water is so tragically real! Great photo reminding us that nature can be an awesome force!

  13. Hilda says:

    Oh no, not another one. So many countries — the Philippines included — has suffered from severe floods during the latter part of this year. We are going to take years to recover from ours. My prayers for the people of Jeddah.

  14. Geogypsy says:

    That water is really moving and looks like it’s falling into a hole. Sorry to hear about the loss of life. Glad to hear there’s a public outcry. Now to see if anything gets done. Being it’s been such a rare occurance the developers won’t be in any hurry for the major changes necessary.

  15. Dimple says:

    I am sorry that Jeddah experienced such flooding. I spent time in New Orleans after Katrina-three years after-and the devastation was almost unbelievable. Blaming the city planners may give some people satisfaction, but ultimately it will not fix anything. The only thing that will make any lasting difference is people reaching out to help each other. It is too big a job for any government to do well.

  16. ewok1993 says:

    Wow, when it rains, it really pours out there. So sad to hear about those who lost their lives.

  17. Pathfinder says:

    It is so sad. Jeddah gets heavy rains at this time of the year and the amount of the rain that Jeddah gets in two hours equal to the whole amounts that all Saudi Arabia gets in a whole year (According to report for Rotana TV channel)

    This clip from youtube is showing a family in front of King Abdulaziz University struggling inside their car and later they found their bodies. The whole family are died the father the mother a 2 months baby and 2 little girls.

    You can search in youtube and you will find horrible clips.

  18. leif hagen says:

    Uff da! Looks like a terrible, frightful situation!

  19. Dina says:

    This is so sad. I read all your links. Dreadful.
    When we first heard the news on the radio, I thought of Susie (you are the only person I know in that big country). So glad you were not hurt. My sympathy to all the grieving families.

  20. rantingcynic says:

    That’s how rain hits the sand. It looks the same way when it rains in places like New Mexico, and Arizona. Thanks for posting.

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