Saudi Arabia: Jeddah Rain .. Again

Treacherous clouds in the Jeddah skies

Treacherous clouds in the Jeddah skies. Photo by Flickr user Ahmad Nawawi, used under Creative Commons (CC BY-NC-SA 2.0)

Saudi Arabia's Red Sea port city of Jeddah has been lashed with rain again bringing back the ill-fated #Jeddahrain hashtag to our Twitterfeeds. Following are reactions from netizens, who poured their wrath on corruption and Jeddah's deteriorating infrastructure.

Reports say that at least 11 people were killed, 100 injured and all schools will remain closed until February 13. Many areas remain flooded, without cell phone reception because of damages to telecommunications towers. The economic losses also continue to mount, due to a loss in revenue from tourism and the overall damage to property and the strain on the infrastructure.

From Twitter:

السعوديين في ظل الدولة السعودية ليس مسموح لهم إدارة شؤونهم بينما لو كانو احرارلإستطاعوا أن يديرو العالم بأكملة بالحضارة والثروة #JeddahRain

Saudis under the rule of the Saudi country are not able to manage their own businesses, however if they were free they would've ruled the whole world with civilization and wealth

And talking to Jeddah:

#JeddahRain Don't ever let anyone tell you you deserve that .. Don't ever let anyone tell you you deserve that!!

@AlwaleedKahled addresses the Saudi monarch:

#JeddahRain يا عبدالله الإنسانية و يا سلطان الخير حولكم رجال يعشقون الفساد لدرجة ان يسرقونا فاقتصوا منهم و أوكلوا أرواحنا على القوي الأمين
Dear Abdullah of humanity and Sultan of goodness, there are men around you that love corruption to the extent they steal from us. Please punish them and give our souls to a powerful trusted one.

@khalooddy adds:

حماية الدولة من الانهيار منوط بمحاربة الفساد و مراعاة حقوق المواطنين وإلا ستلقى الدولة السعودية الثالثة مصير الأولى والثانية#jeddahrain
Protecting this country from collapsing depends on fighting corruption and taking into account the rights of the citizens, or the Third Saudi country will meet the fate of the First and the Second.

@Zeerkh tweets:

#JEDDAHRAIN #Jeddah متى يجي اليوم اللي يغار فيه امين جدة من مدينه الجبيل الصناعية
When the mayor of Jeddah be jealous of the mayor of Aljubail industrial city?

@DrAbOaD remarks:

#JeddahRain ما يقهرك الا اللي يقوول حذرنا و تكلمنا وهو اول الحرامية
Nothing frustrates more than those who say we warned you before, and they are the biggest of the thieves.

More reactions from blogs:

Crossroads Arabia says:

Perhaps it’s time for Saudi Arabia to step back from ‘newer!-faster!-better!-bigger!’ for a while and spend serious money on fixing the infrastructure, not only in Jeddah, but in all major cities.

Khaled, from Khaled Rambles compiled a playlist on youtube that you can find here.

Saudi Jeans adds:

Obviously, none of last year’s lesson has been learned. The situation is beyond disastrous, with many losses in souls and property.

and Ibrahim Alsuhaibani writes about our relationship with rain:

المشكلة يا جماعة ليست في المطر.. المشكلة في كيفيّة [علاقتنا ] معه.
The problem isn't the rain, the problem is our relationship with the rain.

@halmustafa created a hashalbum, under the name Jeddahrain.

Others used social media to rescue those in need:

صبي عمره بين ٤ الى ٥ سنوات يبكي ويرفض التحدث شعره بني طوله ٨٤ يرتدي شورت اخضر وتيشيرت ابيض لمن يعرف هويته الإتصال على

0544477105 #jeddahRain

A boy between the ages of 4 and 5 is crying and refusing to speak, brown hair, 84 cm tall, wearing green shorts and a white shirt. Please call 0544477105 if you identified him.

and from one of the rescue pages on Facebook:

مطلوب على وجه السرعة كوادر صحية شباب فقط للنزول الميداني من طب (خامس واكبر) او تمريض ويشترط pls يرجى التوجه الى مركز معارض الحارثي قبل السادسة ٠٥٦٥٤١٨٢١٣
Urgently needed, health care providers from the field of medicine or nursing. Please call if you can help 0565418213

For Anyone who walked in the floods You HAVE to take Tetanus vaccine Spread the World #JeddahRain

Finally, a blog was created under the name Jeddah Leaks, to expose those who took responsibility in the corruption, which brings massive destruction every time the skies bring rains.


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