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2,800 floods-hit Saudi families receive Ministry aid

More than 3,800 homes found to be unfit following Nov 25 floods, 37 people still missing.

About 2,800 families impacted by November's flash floods in Jeddah have been given financial aid by the country's Ministry of Finance, it was reported on Sunday.

Brigadier Muhammad Al-Qarni, director of the Civil Defence’s media centre, said the committee in charge of assessing damages caused by the flood found 3,861 houses not fit for living.

He also said that the Ministry of Finance had distributed financial aid to 2,800 families during the past week, following the floods which struck on November 25, Arab News reported.

He told the paper that the death toll currently stood at 122 with 37 people still reported missing.

Al-Qarni also praised people who had provided furnished apartments to accommodate 2,500 families that lost their homes because of the floods.

“Some owners of the furnished apartments in Yanbu offered houses to flood victims free of charge. These noble feelings are not alien to the citizens of this country,” said Al-Qarni.

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