Saudi: 'Newly-built dams prevent Jeddah flooding'

The construction of 11 new dams ensured Jeddah was saved from 49 million cubic metres of rainwater, an official from the Makkah governorate said

Jeddah witnessed heavy rain last week. [Image: Arab News]
Jeddah witnessed heavy rain last week. [Image: Arab News]

The construction of 11 dams in Jeddah facilitated the absorption of 49 million cubic metres of rainwater in the city. 

Sultan Al-Dossari, a spokesman for the Makkah governorate, said: “Had it not been for the dams, there would have been a huge disaster if such a quantity of water had entered the city.”

Al-Dosari said there were only three dams in Jeddah in the past with a total capacity of 18 million cubic meters.

“The number of dams has now increased to 14 with a capacity of 75 million cubic meters, a fourfold increase in capacity,” he said.

Jeddah witnessed heavy rain last week on Tuesday, 17 November, 2015. 

“The rains fell on all parts of the city," Al-Dosari said.

"According to the report of the Presidency of Meteorology and Environment (PME) and the Saudi Geological Survey, the intensity of rain ranged from 20 to 70 mm, with volumes of water resulting from the rainfalls at 57 million cubic meters." 

Arab News reported 49 million cubic meters of water had fallen on the highlands east of Jeddah and 8 million cubic meters on the urban parts of the city. 

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