(MENAFN - Arab News) Several Jeddah residents have slammed the municipality for failing to clear large pools of water from their neighborhoods, and questioned the quality of its much-vaunted drainage projects.
The pools of water appeared in various areas including Al-Samer, Safa, Al-Baghdadiya, Al-Saheefa, Obroq Al-Roghama, Quwaiza and Al-Naseem neighborhoods, they said.
Ahmad Rifai, a resident of Obroq Al-Roghama, said contractors paved the streets of the neighborhood two weeks ago, but after the recent rain several holes appeared in the streets filled with water.
He called on the municipality for contractors to redo the work and not pay them until their work is checked.
Abdul Aziz Mirza, a resident of Safa, said that when he took his son to Radwa secondary on Monday morning, there were large pools of water outside the school.
"I could not take my son into the school because of the amount of water. Several parents and I created a wooden bridge so our children could cross over it and enter the school."
Faihan Otaibi, a resident of the Al-Samer neighborhood, said he counted 20 large pools of rainwater in the area. He also questioned why there was only one truck used to pump water out of the neighborhood over five days. He said the water was affecting the lives of many people.
Omar Al-Zahrani, who lives in Quwaiza, said that the ministry collects rainwater from various main roads, but not the side streets in his neighborhood. He said it was difficult for residents to get in and out of their homes.
Thafer Alomari, another resident, said the pools of rainwater have started to increase the number of mosquitoes in the area.
Mohammed Hakim, a resident, questioned the effectiveness of the municipality's drainage projects because pools of water had appeared for over 10 hours in the area. This had impeded traffic and raised the risk of a dengue fever outbreak, he said.