Speed is essential in Makkah flood works: official

Saudi Aramco to manage projects, with international expertise on hand

The floods caused millions in damage last month. Photo: Getty.
The floods caused millions in damage last month. Photo: Getty.

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Makkah’s governor Prince Khaled Al-Faisal has warned contractors that failing to meet deadlines on flood-related projects may mean that they will be ineligible for future contracts.

The Makkah Province and city of Jeddah was hit by severe flooding in late January, exceeding the 90mm recorded during flash flooding which claimed the lives of 122 people in November 2009. Some reports state that the cost of damages far exceeds the record 2009 floods.

Local newspaper Arab News reported the prince as saying, “The city has been divided into 16 blocks to construct support centres where emergency forces and equipment can be permanently stationed to bring quick relief and rescue when any calamity befalls communities in nearby districts,” while presiding over a meeting of the Executive Committee of the Ministerial Subcommittee for Jeddah Development.

Saudi Aramco has been brought in to help manage the projects, while assistance will be sought from 10 international companies with specialist flood management skills. The support centres will also act as training bases for young Saudi engineers.

“The meeting discussed project works that have been held up in the province of Makkah, and they will not be put up for tender as part of the future flood drainage projects,” he said.

“The projects will be divided up to ensure they are carried out appropriately.”

Prince Khaled said that “speed was of the essence” in carrying out the works.

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