This weekend rare heavy rains flooded Riyadh, the capital of Saudi Arabia — and everyone freaked out.
Poor government preparedness further exacerbated the flood damage.
The rains flooded major motorways.
And created a harrowing supermarket rush.
In the battle of human versus weather, Saudi rescue services floundered.
Some Saudis braved the rain to record videos of their fancy cars getting trashed.
Others grabbed their ski jets. Why not?
Then lightening struck one of Riyad's fanciest buildings, which was a pretty crazy sight.
Saudis rushed to criticize the government for not being adequately prepared for the weather.
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.)
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."
This meme mockingly questions why the police were not better prepared. "The police are in the interest of the people"
For now, the rains have ceased. Maybe the sun will come out tomorrow. Or not.
Former BuzzFeed World Reporter, Current BuzzFeed News Contributor
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