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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Jeddah, Saudi Arabia, is KSA's 2nd largest city and is located on its west coast, right on the Red Sea. I moved here in 2007 with my Saudi hubby and teenage son. This journal reflects the things that I see here, life through my eyes, my lens.
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