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Weekend Rains Flooded Saudi Arabia — And It Got Crazy

In Saudi Arabia, when it rains, it really pours. Really.

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This weekend rare heavy rains flooded Riyadh, the capital of Saudi Arabia — and everyone freaked out.

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@norah53332

#أمطار_الرياض ..

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Civil Defense in Riyadh received 5,000 emergency calls between Saturday night and Sunday morning http://t.co/0HZH769H1Z #RiyadhRain

Ahmed Al Omran

@ahmed

Civil Defense in Riyadh received 5,000 emergency calls between Saturday night and Sunday morning http://t.co/0HZH769H1Z #RiyadhRain

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Poor government preparedness further exacerbated the flood damage.

With only 2hrs of heavy rain, Riyadh got drenched! What a shame!! #الرياض_تغرق #امطار_الرياض

Fatimah Alhamlan

@FatimahAlhamlan

With only 2hrs of heavy rain, Riyadh got drenched! What a shame!!

#الرياض_تغرق

#امطار_الرياض

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#Saudi official says there are four people who are still missing as #RiyadhRain continues http://t.co/Zq6LTjwj9C via @AlArabiya_Eng

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@ArtiJabz

#Saudi official says there are four people who are still missing as #RiyadhRain continues http://t.co/Zq6LTjwj9C via @AlArabiya_Eng

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The rains flooded major motorways.

Riyadh: Not so good at sewage systems. (h/t @alhayat_ksa) http://t.co/fKSAqwmaEe

DavidKenner

@DavidKenner

Riyadh: Not so good at sewage systems. (h/t @alhayat_ksa)

http://t.co/fKSAqwmaEe

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Closed schools.

أمطار غزيرة في ا#الرياض وتحذيرات من نزول الشوارع حتى انخفاض منسوب المياه #أمطار_الرياض #الرياض_تغرق

Al Arabiya Channel

@AlArabiya

أمطار غزيرة في ا#الرياض وتحذيرات من نزول الشوارع حتى انخفاض منسوب المياه

#أمطار_الرياض #الرياض_تغرق

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And created a harrowing supermarket rush.

Photo reportedly taken inside a flooded supermarket in Riyadh #أمطار_الرياض

Ahmed Al Omran

@ahmed

Photo reportedly taken inside a flooded supermarket in Riyadh

#أمطار_الرياض

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In the battle of human versus weather, Saudi rescue services floundered.

The rescue truck that needs to be rescued! Craziest #RiyadhRain pic via @ArtiJabz.

Nasr ul Hadi

@nasrhadi

The rescue truck that needs to be rescued! Craziest #RiyadhRain pic via @ArtiJabz.

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Some Saudis braved the rain to record videos of their fancy cars getting trashed.

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In this video, a man shouts at cars not to come through — but not everyone listens.

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Others grabbed their ski jets. Why not?

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Then lightening struck one of Riyad's fanciest buildings, which was a pretty crazy sight.

#أمطار_الرياض #غرد_بصورة .

سلطان بن محمد

@SULTAN5010

#أمطار_الرياض

#غرد_بصورة

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عُتيبي عاشقاً لنصر ♡

@sr_awd

#أمطار_الرياض.

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Saudis rushed to criticize the government for not being adequately prepared for the weather.

@zauq we have had similar weather in the last couple of years. The city should be better prepared, but it’s not.

Ahmed Al Omran

@ahmed

@zauq we have had similar weather in the last couple of years. The city should be better prepared, but it’s not.

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Here's a subtle jab at the government's poor drainage systems. (IRF stands for International Road Federation. Looks like there's a lot to discuss at the 18th meeting.)

No comment :D #أمطار_الرياض #الرياض_تغرق

Hind

@hindalkaldi

No comment :D #أمطار_الرياض #الرياض_تغرق

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Others compared what rainy days looked like in Saudi Arabia compared to their neighbors: "A comparison between Riyadh and Jeddah and Sana'a (Yemen's capital): The issue isn't the money but the thinking and planning."

@htksa : #أمطار_الرياض مقارنه بين الرياض وجده و #صنعاء .! الموضوع ليس الفلوس بل التفكير والتخطيط!.

HishAm #FF

@HishamSufian

@htksa : #أمطار_الرياض

مقارنه بين الرياض وجده و #صنعاء .!

الموضوع ليس الفلوس بل التفكير والتخطيط!.

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This meme mockingly questions why the police were not better prepared. "The police are in the interest of the people"

د . سربوتي

@Sairbote

#أمطار_الرياض

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For now, the rains have ceased. Maybe the sun will come out tomorrow. Or not.

No rain expected on Riyadh tomorrow, but Tuesday is going to be very rainy http://t.co/qfKqNve7VI

Ahmed Al Omran

@ahmed

No rain expected on Riyadh tomorrow, but Tuesday is going to be very rainy http://t.co/qfKqNve7VI

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