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Flood in Qatar and Saudi Arabia: more than a year’s worth of rain fell in a few hours (VIDEO, PHOTO)

Flood in Qatar and Saudi Arabia: more than a year’s worth of rain fell in a few hours (VIDEO, PHOTO)Qatar receives more than a year’s worth of rain in a matter of hours. Rainwater flooded streets and shut down some shops in Doha.

The deluge in Doha blocked several roads, making some impassable for commuters and causing huge congestion.

Schools and malls closed, hotels were affected and the rain forced the US embassy in Qatar to shut down.

The World Bank calculates that Qatar receives, on average, 74 millimetres of rain each year.

Bad weather across the region also affected neighbouring Saudi Arabia, where one person was killed during flooding.

Schools were closed for a second day in Saudi Arabia as rain continued to fall on Riyadh, flooding some streets and forcing drivers to abandon their cars.

About 10 cars were submerged under about two metres (more than six feet) of water in a highway underpass in the Labban district on the capital’s western outskirts, an AFP photographer reported.



Workers were trying to drain the floodwaters into tanker trucks.

The civil defence agency reported that 72 vehicles had been rescued in the Riyadh region with their occupants unharmed.

One person died in Rimah, north-east of the city, the agency said. Other parts of the kingdom have also been soaked this week. At least eight people died in flooding last week in the Medina and Jeddah areas of western Saudi Arabia.
Flood in Qatar and Saudi Arabia: more than a year’s worth of rain fell in a few hours (VIDEO, PHOTO)
Flood in Qatar and Saudi Arabia: more than a year’s worth of rain fell in a few hours (VIDEO, PHOTO)
Flood in Qatar and Saudi Arabia: more than a year’s worth of rain fell in a few hours (VIDEO, PHOTO)
Flood in Qatar and Saudi Arabia: more than a year’s worth of rain fell in a few hours (VIDEO, PHOTO)
Flood in Qatar and Saudi Arabia: more than a year’s worth of rain fell in a few hours (VIDEO, PHOTO)
Flood in Qatar and Saudi Arabia: more than a year’s worth of rain fell in a few hours (VIDEO, PHOTO)
Flood in Qatar and Saudi Arabia: more than a year’s worth of rain fell in a few hours (VIDEO, PHOTO)
Flood in Qatar and Saudi Arabia: more than a year’s worth of rain fell in a few hours (VIDEO, PHOTO)
Flood in Qatar and Saudi Arabia: more than a year’s worth of rain fell in a few hours (VIDEO, PHOTO)

Via: Guardian and agencies
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