Again, some would argue that it is not quite suitable that they will announce this immediately.
Yet, my argument would be, it is not logical that Riyadh never expected such a heavy rain, and I would be looking at www.weather.com all the time!
I have been always very appreciable to technology, so I checked www.accuweather.com for weather forecast and found possible striking of thunderstorm. Therefore, I seriously advise our Civil Defense & PME (Saudi Meteorology & Environment Authority) to stay in touch with AccuWeather for any free climate update!
My Jeddawie friend (Mohammad) likes to keep me updated with his latest in term of images nor clips of what happened in Jeddah since he is in the heart of the situation. Yet, he sent the most stunning clip out of YouTube.
It is the most horrific clips yet that I’ve seen and received for this disaster.
Basically, It consists of a collection of clips merged together to be a single clip for almost 8.30 minutes.
So lets move on to Riyadh, as the clouds have been traveling east side of the Saudi semi-peninsula. Riyadh started getting some rain but intermittently, sometimes showering and other times are heavy. Luckily, I was able to take some images but haven’t downloaded them into my laptop yet. Anyhow, there were damages to some of the roads infrastructure and some bridges were flooded, but I appreciate the preventive measures that the Traffic Police (Al-Muroor) and Civil Defense (Al-Defa’a Al-Madani) that they took once the rain started. They blocked ways to these flooded area to preventive people from driving nor walking through and provided the vacuum tanks to clean these flooded roads as soon as possible.
Musk Lake, is where all the sewage water at Jeddah get dumped at. Ironically, the sewage dumpster named Musk Lake by Jeddah people. I have done some Google search to share some data in English concerning this potential disaster that might collapse anytime these days as a consequence of the recent rainfall.
The lake is located 40 km on the eastern side of Jeddah, extending from the Breiman bridge toward Mekkah. Exactly, 17 kilometers away from that Breiman bridge. The lake size is relatively huge as some of the resources mentioned and it could cause a massive impact beyond what was caused by the recent rain. Roughly, 1200 trailers dump a sewage water everyday which makes the lake extend its size dramatically. The lake contains over 10 million cubic meters of the sewage water as stated on article published by Arab News.
Up to date, the most shocking images have been received on the consequence of the recent rainfall that damaged Jeddah infrastructure. I was debating whether to continue posting them or not but I had to share it which I think is the least thing I can do to these people.
Dr. Omar Rosey was one the of these doctors who was working night shift when the rainfall occurred at King Abdulaziz University Hospital which is managed and operated by the university.
Recently, King Abdullah has unleashed the new Technology and Science university at Thawal near Jeddah. The university was built to be the leading university and research center in the region at several scientific fields. The heavy rain fall that happened lately has reached KAUST which impacted some of the university’s facilities. Images within this post explain more on how the university was effected and raised a very important question, Do they have at least a disaster recovery plan for the Shaheen the supercomputer center at KAUST?