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Heavy rainfall causes floods across Riyadh

Traffic backed up and schools were shut in the Saudi capital Riyadh after the desert city was struck by a rare severe storm that sparked flooding

Heavy rainfall causes floods across Riyadh
A Saudi municipal worker prepares to pump water from a flooded street in Riyadh during heavy rainfall across the Saudi capital, on April 13, 2016. Traffic backed up and schools were shut in the Saudi capital Riyadh after the desert city was struck by a rare severe storm that sparked flooding. The storm, which struck during Tuesday evening's rush hour, had subsided by daybreak Wednesday but some roads were still inundated. (AFP/Getty Images)
Heavy rainfall causes floods across Riyadh
A Saudi municipal worker cleans a flooded street in Riyadh during heavy rainfall across the Saudi capital, on April 13, 2016. Traffic backed up and schools were shut in the Saudi capital Riyadh after the desert city was struck by a rare severe storm that sparked flooding. The storm, which struck during Tuesday evening's rush hour, had subsided by daybreak Wednesday but some roads were still inundated. (AFP/Getty Images)
Heavy rainfall causes floods across Riyadh
A man cleans the road as vehicles are seen submerged in water in a flooded highway in western Riyadh following heavy rainfall across most of Saudi Arabia on November 25, 2015. Schools were closed for a second day in the country as rain continued to fall. (AFP/Getty Images)
Heavy rainfall causes floods across Riyadh
A Saudi man stands in a flooded street in Riyadh during heavy rainfall across the Saudi capital, on April 13, 2016. Traffic backed up and schools were shut in the Saudi capital Riyadh after the desert city was struck by a rare severe storm that sparked flooding. The storm, which struck during Tuesday evening's rush hour, had subsided by daybreak Wednesday but some roads were still inundated. (AFP/Getty Images)
Heavy rainfall causes floods across Riyadh
A Saudi man cleans a building at a flooded street in Riyadh during heavy rainfall across the Saudi capital, on April 13, 2016. Traffic backed up and schools were shut in the Saudi capital Riyadh after the desert city was struck by a rare severe storm that sparked flooding. The storm, which struck during Tuesday evening's rush hour, had subsided by daybreak Wednesday but some roads were still inundated. (AFP/Getty Images)
Heavy rainfall causes floods across Riyadh
Riyadh's municipal workers pump water from a flooded street in Riyadh during heavy rainfall across the Saudi capital, on April 13, 2016. Schools were closed off in the country due to the heavy rains. Traffic backed up and schools were shut in the Saudi capital Riyadh after the desert city was struck by a rare severe storm that sparked flooding. The storm, which struck during Tuesday evening's rush hour, had subsided by daybreak Wednesday but some roads were still inundated. (AFP/Getty Images)