Indonesian Citizens Survive a Rainstorm in Mecca. He Indonesian Ministry of Foreign Affairs confirmed on Thursday, August 24 2023 that no Indonesian citizens were victims of the rainstorm in Mecca, Saudi Arabia. The Indonesian Consulate General in Jeddah has coordinated with local authorities and Indonesian citizen nodesin the Land of the Kaaba. Previously on Wednesday, August 23 2023, heavy rain accompanied by lightning hit most of Saudi Arabia including the holy city of Mecca. Authorities in Mecca ordered schools to close for the day due to the unstable weather. Videos circulating on social media show worshipers sheltering from overnight thunderstorms.
Heavy rain fell on Tuesday evening (22 August 2023)
accompanied by a thunderstorm, in a separate part of the Makkah Al Mukarramah neighborhood,” the Saudi Press Agency reported. In a video circulating on Instagram, Umrah pilgrims struggle against strong winds that hit the holy city of Mecca as they circle the Kaaba at the Grand Mosque. Some of them had to avoid barriers blown up by strong winds. Those in the streets could be seen running for shelter from the wind. Incredibly strong lightning, which appeared purple in color, was also caught on camera right at the time it struck the Grand Mosque. One video shared on Instagram captured a lightning strike on the famous clock tower facing the Kaaba. Another video shows heavy flooding caused by rain in Jeddah, south of Mecca
The National Meteorological Center predicts a moderate to heavy thunderstorm that will bring heavy rain
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hail and active winds that raise dust and sand. As a result, visibility is expected to be limited in some areas of Jazan, Asir, Al Baha, Makkah and Madinah. Last year, wet weather caused flooding in Mecca and washed away cars in the city. Heavy rain fell on Tuesday evening (22 August 2023), accompanied by a thunderstorm, in a separate part of the Makkah Al Mukarramah neighborhood,” the Saudi Press Agency reported.