February 15, 2010 / 9:40 AM / 10 years ago

Six killed in heavy rain in Mecca

RIYADH (Reuters) - A family of six died when the wall of a soccer stadium collapsed onto their home in heavy rain in Mecca, a diplomat said on Monday.

“The preliminary information we have is that a Bangladeshi couple and four of their children died,” a Bangladeshi diplomat told Reuters from the Red Sea port city of Jeddah.

“We are trying to confirm their identities,” he added.

Heavy rain over Mecca started on Saturday and submerged some districts in Islam’s holiest city, Saudi state media reported. The rain raised fears of a repeat of floods in Jeddah in November that killed almost 130 people.

Mecca’s location at the heart of a mountainous desert valley makes it vulnerable to flash floods.

Reporting by Souhail Karam; Editing by Janet Lawrence

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