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Mist and Drizzle Paralyze Traffic in Riyadh

Saudi Arabia
Mist and drizzle, coupled with severe cold of 6 degrees Celsius, paralyzed the flow of traffic in the streets of Riyadh yesterday afternoon, while high-rise buildings remained invisible to the naked eye throughout the day. Vehicles here were crawling at snails’ pace with their hazard lights and headlights on, as visibility was limited to only 2kms. Wind speed was measured to be at 80 kmph. In the Eastern Province, the wind was howling in the northwestern direction at a speed of 160 kmph with a cloudy sky. Extreme weather conditions have caused casualties in the Al-Qassim region. A schoolgirl who was standing at the school assembly in Hail, succumbed to severe freezing cold, while an Egyptian farmer died because of cold weather. In Batra, a Bangladeshi worker suffered paralysis to the right side of his body. Doctor said the prevailing weather condition was the cause of the man suffering a stroke. Neither stall owners nor shoppers came to village fairs in the suburbs because of the cold climate.


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