Jeddah flood victims repair own streets

Flood victims repair roads themselves after authorities slow to act

Residents in Jeddah's Gulail area have repaired their own roads after losing patience with authorities. Photo: Getty.
Residents in Jeddah's Gulail area have repaired their own roads after losing patience with authorities. Photo: Getty.

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Residents of Jeddah’s Gulail district, one of the areas worst affected by the floods that swept through the city on January 26, have repaired their own roads after losing patience for local authorities to act.

Residents of the area were promised by authorities that the roads, damaged by severe floods that swept through the region, but after three weeks of inaction, they’ve taken matters in to their own hands.

According to the Al-Madinah daily newspaper, residents paid – out of their own pockets – a local contracting firm to asphalt an 800-metre stretch of Adham Al-Lahmi Street.

Ahmad, a senior citizen from the district, told the newspaper that the last time maintenance work was carried out on the major streets in Gulail was nearly 30 years ago.

“For several years, we have been urging municipal authorities to take steps to asphalt the streets, which are in bad shape and without any lighting. Last month’s flooding has made the situation much worse,” he said.

Two other citizens, Ali Al-Faqeeh and Hassan Aidan, said that local residents approached the municipality several times over the last few years with a demand to repair the roads, but to no avail.

“The only thing the municipality did was send an engineer to take stock of the situation two years ago. He made a technical report with a recommendation to completely re-asphalt the roads. The municipality authorities still have not done anything and that prompted us to find our own solution,” Al-Faqeeh said

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