Unprecedented Cold in Saudi Arabia Kills Ten


JEDDAH/AL-JOUF/MADINAH, 17 January 2008 — At least 10 people and hundreds of animals have died as a result of unprecedented cold weather in different parts of the Kingdom.

The coastal city of Jeddah is preparing for the coldest weather in recent years. According to weather forecast for tomorrow, temperature in the city will drop to 11 degrees Celsius. In Riyadh, it will be minus two, said the Presidency of Meteorology and Environment. It forecast that the weather in Madinah would be two and in the northern city of Tabuk, it will be minus four.

Another article, same paper: http://www.arabnews.com/?page=1&section=0&article=105845&d=19&m=1&y=2008

The death of Mashael, a 15-year-old girl in the northern city of Arar, due to severe cold has turned public attention toward the poor who stay in tinplate houses. An intermediate school student, Mashael was living in one such home with her relatives.

Mohammed Al-Kilabi of the International Islamic Relief Organization in Arar said at least 1,300 families with nearly 10,000 members are living in tinplate houses in villages of this northern region. “Some families have been living in such houses for more than 20 years,” Al-Kilabi said. But Ramdhi Al-Enazi, director of social insurance in the Northern Border Region, said the number of people living in such houses would not exceed 5,000.

Internet wingnuts point to this as proof that global warming is a lie. *snicker* I won’t link to their sites, though.


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