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Flash floods kill 30 in Saudi Arabia

Riyadh's municipal workers pump water from a flooded street in Riyadh during heavy rainfall across the Saudi capital, on April 13, 2016. (Photo by FAYEZ NURELDINE/AFP/Getty Images)

Saudi Arabia announced yesterday that flash floods have killed at least 30 people across the kingdom over the past month.

"The number of deaths from floods and related electric shocks has reached 30," the Saudi civil defence said in a statement.

The statement added that nearly 1,480 people had to be rescued and that a majority of those rescued were in the capital, Riyadh.

According to the same statement, "as many as 3,865 people were evacuated from flooded areas while 2,001 people were provided shelter".

The Civil Defence called on all Saudis to "take precautions, not to travel to flood areas or valleys which are prone to experience heavy rain".

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