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Saudi Arabia evacuates 659 families from Tabuk due to floods


08:24, January 31, 2013

RIYADH, Jan. 30 (Xinhua) -- The Saudi authorities had to evacuate a total of 659 families living in four neighborhoods in Tabuk city in northwestern part of the country, due to floods resulting from heavy rains that continued for three days, according to Al Hayat newspaper on Wednesday.

The evacuees were accommodated in alternative apartments, a move taken to protect their lives after rain water entered their homes. Furthermore, several main roads in the city are blocked by water.

"Operations are being carried out to bring situations back to normal and allow the evacuated residents to go back to their homes, " Civil Defense Spokesman Colonel Mamdooh Al Onizi told the newspaper.

The Saudi Ministry of Education ordered to transfer students from the damaged schools in the city to nearby schools to avoid affecting their study as of Saturday.

Meanwhile, the Saudi National Anti-Corruption Commission will send a team to the city to get acquainted with real reasons for the drowning of the four residential areas.

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