After only a few hours of heavy rain last week, the city of Jeddah in Saudi Arabia was victim of severe floodings which resulted in over 100 deaths according to the official report and more 500 deaths according to Guardian writer Ali al-Ahmed. Corruption in the water system has resulted in many years of mismanagement of the city’s drainage and sewage systems, leaving some parts of the city without access to any such system. Following reports of the events, more than 11,000 users have joined a group on facebook to express their anger at the Saudi Arabian government. Click here to read Ali al-Ahmed’s story in the Guardian online for more details on the state of corruption in Saudi Arabia, one of the world’s richets countries, and its impact on the country’s citizens.
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