Publication Date February 16, 2017

Severe floods hit Saudi Arabia after 3 months worth of rain in 24 hours

Saudi Arabia

At least one person has died, 10 were injured and several are still missing after severe flooding hit Saudi Arabia's Asir region on Wednesday, February 15, 2017. Parts of the region received 3 months worth of rain in just 24 hours.

Heavy rain started early Tuesday, February 14, dumping between 60 and 90 mm (2.3 - 3.5 inches) over the next 24 hours. The worst hit areas are in Asir region, around the southern cities of Abha and Khamis Mushayt.

Khamis Mushayt recorded 63 mm (2.5 inches) while the city of Abha received 90 mm (3.5 inches), roughly the equivalent of the averages for January through March.