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Thursday, November 28, 2013

Riyadh plans to prevent floods

The Arriyadh Development Authority (ADA) has launched a three-year plan to prevent a repeat of the massive flooding in the capital city earlier this month, which resulted in several deaths and extensive damage to homes and vehicles.

Riyadh Gov. Prince Khaled bin Bandar, who chaired the RDA meeting on Wednesday, said 31 new flood control projects are being implemented in various districts of the city. “The meeting reviewed the measures taken to contain the damage caused by the recent heavy rains and flash floods in residential districts,” the governor said.

“We have instructed the authorities to correct the situation in 20 locations. The flood-prevention measures should be carried out within a specific time frame,” he said.

The RDA has been advised to review the city’s entire storm drainage system, including the present condition and capacity of rainwater channels. Prince Khaled said the Riyadh Mayoralty would carry out several emergency projects to prevent flooding in various parts of the city.
The new projects include the construction of flood canals, dams and the renovation of Wadi Al-Sulay, the governor said. He wants the projects completed in the next three years.
The governor said the Finance Ministry would allocate more money for flood projects in the city. He said there are plans to prevent developers constructing buildings on flood routes, and dumping waste in the city's valleys.

Prince Turki bin Abdullah bin Abdul Aziz, the deputy governor of Riyadh, also attended the meeting.

Meanwhile, Prince Khaled received delegates participating in a conference of Islamic universities at Imam Muhammad ibn Saud Islamic University in Riyadh, including Sulaiman Abalkhail, president of the university.

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