DFA urges Pinoys in Saudi Arabia to prepare for cyclone

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Posted at May 27 2018 01:35 AM

General view from the Al Baleed Resort Salalah by Anantara during Cyclone Mekunu, in Salalah, Oman on Saturday, in this still image obtained from a video by social media. On Saturday, the Philippine Department of Foreign Affairs urged Filipinos in Saudi Arabia to prepare for a tropical cyclone expected to bring heavy rains in the western region. James Hewitson/Twitter/@Anantara Salalah via Reuters

MANILA—The Department of Foreign Affairs (DFA) has urged Filipinos in Saudi Arabia to prepare for a tropical cyclone expected to bring heavy rains in the western region late Saturday.

In a statement, the DFA said the Philippine Consulate General in Jeddah has forwarded the advice to Filipinos, specifically in the Najran area where 8,000 Filipinos reside.

The statement said the tropical cyclone is expected to bring heavy rains from Saturday until Tuesday, according to the Saudi General Authority of Meteorology and Environment Protection (GAMEP).

The storm will be accompanied by "active wind and dust leading to a lack of horizontal visibility in Najran, especially in Al Kharkhir area," according to the GAMEP.

"Dust brought about by the winds is also expected to reduce visibility over Tabuk, Madinah, Makkah, Sharqiyah and Riyadh. Rainy clouds are further expected over Jizan, Asir and Al Baha region," the DFA said.

"The Saudi Civil Defense has advised the public to stay away from streams and torrents of valleys in areas to be affected by heavy rains," it added.

The agency said Filipinos who need aid may contact the Consulate’s hotline at ‎0555219613 or the Saudi Civil Defense through 998.