Prince Nayef chairs meeting on Jeddah situation

January 31, 2011

Second Deputy Prime Minister Prince Nayef bin Abdulaziz Al-Saud chaired a meeting in Riyadh last night of the Ministerial Committee tasked with implementing the directives of the Custodian of the Two Holy Mosques King Abdullah bin Abdulaziz to assist those affected by last week’s flooding in Jeddah Province. At the outset, Prince Nayef stressed the great responsibility shouldered by the Committee to provide all necessary reinforcements to reduce damages, provide aid and assistance to victims, and compensate their heavy losses. He noted that the Committee, comprised of high ranking officials, will carry out a fact-finding mission to identify and punish any examples of negligence that may have exacerbated the natural disaster, in order to prevent the recurrence of damage to people and property.

The purpose of the meeting, Prince Nayef explained, was to determine the facts of the situation in Jeddah, to assess the damages, to follow-up relief efforts being carried out around the clock by concerned authorities and to determine whether human negligence contributed to the disaster. A follow-up field visit to Jeddah will be held on Tuesday, he added, after which a comprehensive report will immediately be submitted to King Abdullah and Crown Prince Sultan.

The meeting of the Ministerial Committee was attended by Makkah Governor Prince Khalid Al-Faisal; Minister of Municipalities and Rural Affairs Prince Mansour bin Meteb bin Abdulaziz; Assistant Minister of Interior for Security Affairs Prince Mohammed bin Nayef bin Abdulaziz; Minister of Finance Dr. Ibrahim Al-Assaf; Minister of Transport Dr. Jubarah Al-Suraysiri; Minister of Water and Electricity Abdullah Al-Hossein; Acting Minister of Health Dr. Yousef Al-Othaimeen; Advisor to Prince Nayef Dr. Saed Al-Harthi; Director General of Civil Defense Lt. Gen. Sa’ad Al-Tuwaijri; and Deputy Minister of the Interior for Provincial Affairs Dr. Ahmed Al-Sinani.