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article imageHeavy rain, flood in Riyadh prompt state of emergency declaration

By Andrew Moran     May 6, 2010 in World
Riyadh - Heavy rain has caused massive flooding in the city of Riyadh and killed two people. The government has declared a state of emergency as the storm continues to wreak havoc.
On Wednesday, heavy rain and floods in Riyadh killed two people and one other person is missing in what has been described as havoc, according to Arab News.
The unprecedented weather has caused around 275 accidents and the Riyadh police have received more than 3,500 calls from the public. Local authorities have rescued at least 155 people from floods when their vehicles were stalled in up to 6.6 feet of water, according to civil defence spokesperson Abdullah al-Ghaffari
On the orders of Prince Faisal bin Abdullah, schools, universities and colleges were shutdown.
Significant damages are expected to happen, especially since heavy winds have caused satellite dishes to be blown off of rooftops and apartment buildings.
The bad weather forced city officials to declare a state of emergency, reports AFP. Authorities have urged residents not to take their vehicles on the road unless it is absolutely necessary.
Meteorological officials have warned that heavy rain is still expected for the rest of the week, reports Daiji World.
No details were released on the two people who died.
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