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Heavy rains, flooding kill 18 people in Saudi Arabia

Floodwaters inundate roads in Riyadh, Makkah and the mountainous south of the mostly desert kingdom

Heavy rains, flooding kill 18 people in Saudi Arabia
A Saudi municipal worker cleans a flooded street in Riyadh during heavy rainfall across the Saudi capital, on April 13. (AFP/Getty Images)

Rains and flooding have killed 18 people throughout Saudi Arabia and 915 had to be rescued from inside their vehicles, the General Directorate of Saudi Civil Defense said on Thursday.

Floodwaters inundated roadways in Riyadh, Makkah and the mountainous south of the mostly desert kingdom, the directorate said in a statement.

Videos posted on social media showed cars submerged in water in the southwestern city of Abha.

Heavy rains have lashed Saudi Arabia for several days and the education ministry closed schools in and around the capital Riyadh on Wednesday.