RIYADH: Saudi authorities have closed schools and universities after flooding in the kingdom’s second-largest city, Jeddah, and the country’s Red Sea coastal regions. Videos shared on Twitter and other social media sites yesterday show people stranded in tunnels and on roads with cars engulfed by floodwater. Schools have also been closed in the areas of Makkah and Taif. Saudi Civil Defense warned that heavy rainfall is expected to last until at least today morning. Flooding happens almost every year in Jeddah and other western cities in Saudi Arabia. An anti-corruption committee led by Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman says a purge that began earlier this month is partly related to deadly flooding in Jeddah in 2009.