Friday, 22 September 2023 07:14 GMT

Saudi Storm Closes Schools, Cuts Main Road To Mecca

(MENAFN- The Peninsula) AFP

Riyadh: Heavy rains in the Saudi coastal city of Jeddah on Thursday delayed flights, forced school suspensions and closed the road to Mecca, state media reported.

Images posted to social media on Thursday showed standing water snarling traffic in Jeddah.

The city's King Abdulaziz International Airport said that 'due to weather conditions, the departure of some flights has been delayed' and urged passengers to contact carriers for up-to-date schedules.

The official Saudi Press Agency reported before dawn that schools in the city would be suspended as rains were forecast to continue throughout the day.

Schools were also closed in the nearby towns of Rabigh and Khulais 'to preserve the safety of male and female students', SPA said.

The kingdom is in the middle of final exams, yet schools had already been closed nationwide on Wednesday after a holiday was declared following Saudi Arabia's shock defeat of Argentina in the World Cup.



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