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Flash floods take five lives in Saudi Arabia

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Heavy rain and flash floods in Saudi Arabia along its Red Sea coast has killed five people.

The Saudi Civil Defense said on Tuesday that three children were among those who were killed by the flash floods.

An 11-year-old child reportedly drowned in the western province of Yanbu. Another child, whose age was not disclosed, was swept away and killed by floodwaters in the northwestern province of Ha'il. A third child drowned in an area on the outskirts of Jiddah.

"We are all pained today by the loss of our children's lives in accidents and various areas after being swept away by the floodwaters," the Civil Defense authority said in a message posted on Twitter.

Also in Jeddah, two other people died when they were electrocuted by a lamp post.

Another child is missing in Ha'il and Civil Defense rescue crews are conducting searches to find that child.

Schools and universities are closed and Saudi Arabia's emergency response crews have advised residents to stay indoors as heavy rains pounded areas along the kingdom's Red Sea coastline.

Saudis took to social media to share videos and pictures of flooded streets and high winds, which are expected to last until Wednesday.

The area experienced deadly floods in 2009 killing more than 120 people.

The National Center for Meteorology and Seismology in the neighboring United Arab Emirates says rain is expected there Friday.


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