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11 Jun 2018 description


The United Nations Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (UNOCHA) Regional Office for the Middle East and North Africa (ROMENA) supports disaster response and preparedness activities in 20 countries by working closely with Humanitarian Coordinator’s (HC)/Resident Coordinator’s (RC) offices, OCHA Country Offices and Humanitarian Advisory Teams (HATs).

10 May 2010 description

10 May 2010 17:54:50 GMT

JEDDAH, Saudi Arabia, May 10 (Reuters) - Saudi Arabia's King Abdullah on Monday ordered that charges be pressed against officials over the deaths of 122 people in flash floods, which sparked a rare media outcry against alleged corruption.

The floods, caused by torrential rain in the Red Sea port city of Jeddah last year, damaged thousands of houses built in dry river beds, and raised questions about the fate of public funds destined for sewage and drainage systems in the city.

The royal order came after heavy rains killed three people last week in the …

15 Feb 2010 description

RIYADH, Feb 15 (Reuters) - A family of six died when the wall of a soccer stadium collapsed onto their home in heavy rain in Mecca, a diplomat said on Monday.

"The preliminary information we have is that a Bangladeshi couple and four of their children died," a Bangladeshi diplomat told Reuters from the Red Sea port city of Jeddah.

"We are trying to confirm their identities," he added.

Heavy rain over Mecca started on Saturday and submerged some districts in Islam's holiest city, Saudi state media reported.

27 Dec 2009 description
  • Over 30 people, including officials, questioned

    * Floods revive debate over public funds management

    * More than 120 people died in November floods

    RIYADH, Dec 27 (Reuters) - Saudi Arabia has detained at least 30 people, including active and retired officials, for questioning over floods that killed more than 120 people in the port city of Jeddah last month, newspapers reported on Sunday.

    People were swept to their death after heavy rain in the Red Sea port destroyed bridges and roads and caused flash floods that swept through illegal housing developments, some of them …

07 Dec 2009 description

By Asma Alsharif

JEDDAH, Dec 7 (Reuters) - Standing in brown sludge outside his house in Jeddah, Qassim Mohsin still gasps at the power of the flash floods that churned through the Saudi port city on the Red Sea 10 days ago, killing at least 116 people.

"We climbed to our roof and saw things we only see on television in other countries.

02 Dec 2009 description

Riyadh_(dpa) _ The death toll from last week's floods in south-western Saudi Arabia has risen to 137, an official said Wednesday.

The security source, who asked not to be named, said 30 people were still missing.

Earlier this week, Saudi King Abdullah ordered an investigation into why casualties were so high from flooding that largely hit the town of Jeddah. He also promised aid and housing to those displaced by the torrents of rain.

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30 Nov 2009 description


Global CAP Launch

United Nations Under-Secretary-General for Humanitarian Affairs, Mr. John Holmes, launched the annual Consolidated Appeal 2010 in Geneva on 30 November 2009. The 2010 Appeals' combined requirement of US$7.1 billion aim at delivering vital aid to 48 million persons across 25 countries around the world in twelve major humanitarian crises(1).

29 Nov 2009 description

DUBAI, Nov 29 (Reuters) - Saudi emergency services said on Sunday the death toll from floods that tore through the port city of Jeddah this week had risen to 103, with another 1,400 rescued, the state news agency reported on Sunday.

26 Nov 2009 description

Jeddah_(dpa) _ Forty-eight people were killed in flash floods as the annual hajj pilgrimage began in the desert kingdom of Saudi Arabia, the Saudi government reported Thursday.

The civil defence authority for the holy Muslim city of Mecca said that Wednesday's "torrential rains and thunderstorms" had turned streets into rivers of mud, destroyed homes and swept away cars.

The 90 millimetres of rain killed 44 in Jeddah and another four in Mecca.

02 Oct 2009 description
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Disaster Title: Flood

Location: Saudi Arabia.

Date of on-set: 25.11.2009

Event details:

Flooding killed around 100 people in Red Sea port city of Jeddah after a heavy downpour. Heavy rainstorms on Wednesday hampered the start of the annual Hajj pilgrimage in the nearby city of Makkah. Many of the victims in the Red Sea port city died in their vehicles after the flash floods - either by drowning or in car crashes. Some reportedly were killed when bridges collapsed on top of them.