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Flood in Saudi Arabia: Train with nearly 200 passengers derailed

--Courtesy "Arab News"

Riyadh: Saudi Railways Organization (SRO) in a statement stated that a train derailed near the eastern city of Dammam yesterday injuring 18 persons. It also mentioned that heavy rains caused the derailment.

In all, 193 passengers and six members of the crew were shifted to another train. Passengers were provided first aid as soon as they reached the Dammam Railway Station.

As per the details, furnished by SRO, derailment took place near Dammam due to torrential floods. Emergency was declared after the accident, Saudi Railway said.

SRO expressed its grief for the accident and apologized to the passengers for the inconvenience caused.

It is to be mentioned that for the past several days, heavy rains have lashed Saudi Arabia causing heavy floods. One person died in Southern Asir province.