Thursday, January 10, 2013

Σπάνιο φαινόμενο: χιόνισε στη Σαουδική Αραβία

Οι κάτοικοι της πόλης Ταμπούκ στα βόρειο-δυτικά της Σαουδικής Αραβίας ήρθαν αντιμέτωποι με το χιόνι, ένα πολύ σπάνιο φυσικό φαινόμενο για αυτή την περιοχή. 

Στα βίντεο που μεταδίδει το διαραβικό τηλεοπτικό κανάλι «Al Arabiya», παρουσιάζονται οι εικόνες των αυτοκινήτων, που με δυσκολία περνούν μέσα από τους χιονισμένους δρόμους.

Για να δούνε αυτό το σπάνιο φαινόμενο, στο Ταμπούκ ήρθαν οι κάτοικοι των γειτονικών πόλεων.

Στην περιοχή έχουν μεταφερθεί επιπρόσθετες μονάδες αστυνομίας και των υπηρεσιών έκτακτης ανάγκης για την διασφάλιση της ασφάλειας.

  • Residents enjoy rare snowfall in northwest Saudi (+VIDEO)
Residents of Tabuk are enjoying the rare snowfall that has hit the northwestern region of Saudi Arabia.
People have been spotted parked around the mountain region which has been covered by a sheet of white snow.

Cars have crowded the roads leading to Mount Alluz. The area is teeming with visitors from several cities in the region who have traveled to get a glimpse of the unexpected snowfall.

Traffic patrol, security as well as emergency services have been deployed in the area to assure safety.

Saudi officials have warned residents to avoid the valleys and areas affected by flooding.

Snowfall has also hit the region bordering Jordan, especially the villages of Tafha, Nagira and Ghouson.

  • Deadly storms blanket parts of Mid-East in snow (VIDEO BBC)
11 January 2013 Last updated at 04:39 GMT Help

The worst storms to hit the Middle East in a decade have claimed several lives and left large parts of Israel and Jordan blanketed in snow.

Across the region, many schools are shut and thousands of homes are without power.

The freezing conditions have brought misery for thousands of Syrians living in refugee camps in northern Jordan, Turkey and Lebanon.

James Kelly reports.
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  • Saudi Arabia covered with snow in coldest winter for 20 years (11-1-2008)
ABU DHABI, January 11 (RIA Novosti) - Northern parts of Saudi Arabia are covered with snow with schools, mosques and administrative bodies paralyzed, local media reported Friday.

The oil-rich kingdom is being hit with subzero temperatures and snow storms with freezing winds of up to 50 km/h (30mp/h). Some regions have been experiencing problems with water supplies as pipes have frozen, and livestock has died from the cold.

The Saudi Gazette reported late in December that the winter was expected to last 89 days, with temperatures reaching below zero. National media said the winter is the coldest in the country for 20 years.

Morning and afternoon prayers are being combined in many mosques because of the morning cold and some schools will reopen later than scheduled.

The bad weather is fun for children and teenagers, however, who have been making snowballs and building snowmen with enthusiasm.

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