Heavy rains paralyze Taif traffic

Heavy rains on Friday brought this picturesque city near Makkah in western Saudi Arabia to a standstill, flooding roads and trapping cars, media reports said.

Online footage showed a number of cars submerged in rain-soaked streets.

Civil Defense personnel responded to 30 reports about cars trapped as a result of the Friday rains that resulted in high levels of accumulated waters on some roads. Fourteen of those cars had people stuck inside, according to the Civil Defense.

The downpours paralyzed traffic on a main Taif road after many vehicles broke down due to the piled rainwaters; online newspaper Sabq reported.

Locals in Taif’s district of Al-Muntazah had to keep indoors due to the high levels of rainwaters, it added.

An emergency operations room will handle the situation in coordination with relevant government and non-governmental agencies. There were no casualties.