Jeddah Floods: Ministry of Hajj and Umrah advises pilgrims to check flight status before travelling

The Makkah-Jeddah Highway has been temporarily closed due to heavy rain and the accumulation of rainwater on Thursday.

The Makkah-Jeddah Highway has been temporarily closed due to heavy rain and the accumulation of rainwater on Thursday.

“The Ministry of Hajj and Umrah advises pilgrims and visitors to check their flight status with their relevant airlines before travelling to Jeddah airport due to inclement conditions leading to flight delays or cancellations.”

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According to information just received from the Ministry of Hajj and Umrah, Pilgrims have been advised not to go to King Abdulaziz Airport due to the closure of roads due to the heavy rains in Jeddah.

Likewise, visitors have been advised not to go to the Grand Mosque in Mecca due to the weather conditions.

The devastating Jeddah storm swept away cars, cut the road to Mecca on Thursday, and shocked the whole nation with sudden natural calamities.

As per the official Press Agency’s information, the schools across the city and other affected areas will remain closed due to terrible weather.

Nearby towns such as Rabigh and Khulias also announced closing the schools to preserve the safety of students, teachers and other related staff at the school.

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

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In the middle of the final exams, the schools were announced to remain closed nationwide on Wednesday after King Salman announced a holiday following the shocking defeat of Saudi Arabia in the FIFA World Cup 2022, which is taking place in Qatar this year.

Almost every year, rainstorms and thunderstorms are witnessed in Jeddah, and residents across the city had o suffer from natural calamities due to inappropriate calamity-resilient infrastructure.

As per the reports, floods killed 123 people in Jeddah city in the year 2009, and 10 more were added to the list after two years.

Tariq Saeed

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