Each year, millions of Muslims make the Hajj and Umrah pilgrimages to Mecca, one of the holiest places in Islam. And in the Mecca region, there is Jeddah, the second-largest city in Saudi Arabia after Mecca with a population of almost 4 million. And Jeddah experienced a lot of rain. Many vehicles broke down as a result of the flooded roadways in Jeddah’s residential areas. Within two hours in the morning, 60 millimeters of rain fell on the city.
Two deaths have been reported so far, while the government has urged citizens to stay at home and step out only if it’s necessary. The torrential rain also led to the delay of flights, closing schools and universities, flooding streets, and closing the road to Mecca, as the rain is predicted to continue throughout the day
The torrential rainfall was a quick reminder of how back in the year 2009, floods had killed around 129 people in the city.