President Barrow arrives in Saudi as flash flood sweeps through his country

Gambia’s President Adama Barrow has arrived in Saudi Arabia as heavy rain causes flash floods in his country, partially collapsing buildings and leaving motorists stranded.

No deaths have been reported but more than a dozen homes, mostly mud houses have been destroyed and at least 50 people needing relief.

The National Disaster Management Agency is responding to those with urgent needs. The rain was the heaviest Gambians have seen in years.

Barrow was welcomed to the holy city of Madina by Saudi officials on Sunday where he would start the rituals for the Hajj pilgrimage.

Barrow is performing the Hajj with his two wives, Fatoumatta Barrow and Sarjo Barrow.

He arrived in Saudi Arabia with senior officials of his administration including Foreign Minister Ousainou Darboe, Interior Minister Mai Ahmad Fatty, Tourism Minister Hamat Bah and Chief Justice Hassan Jallow.

Barrow will be engaged in high-level diplomacy with Saudi authorities on the sidelines of the Hajj. The Gambia is to host Muslim world leaders next year in Banjul.

It is his second visit to Saudi Arabia in three months, where he first attended a meeting with U.S. President Donald Trump, whose country is also hit by heavy rains and a windstorm.

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