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Fake news alert: Viral Video Depicting Snowfall in the Grand Mosque is fake

Recently, a video showing intense snowfall in Makkah’s Grand Mosque has been making the rounds on social media. According to rumors, the official meteorology organization of the Kingdom has stated that the video is fake.

The video footage that has recently been circulating on social media and claims to show snowfall in the Grand Mosque is phony, according to the National Meteorological Centre (NMC) of Saudi Arabia, the Saudi Gazette said. Visitors visiting the Grand Mosque could be seen admiring the unusual event as heavy snowfall fell nearby in the footage that was posted on Facebook and YouTube. On Saturday, the 55-second film debuted on the Bazme Masarrat YouTube account.

Since then, various platforms have been sharing shorter clips of the movie. In the video, pilgrims-dressed men and women can be seen strolling close to the mosque while it snowing. While some people are seen shooting selfies, others are spotted using their mobile devices to record films and take photos. Even a police officer can be seen with an umbrella. Several locations in Saudi Arabia, including Makkah, have seen rain in the past week, leading to flooding in various kingdom regions.

On 23rd December 2022, storms and flooding met Umrah pilgrims in Makkah while Jeddah prepared for a deluge. Videos shared on social media showed Makkah’s buildings being flooded by rain and automobiles being washed away in the holiest city of Saudi Arabia. According to the Saudi Press Agency, torrential rain may occur in some areas of Makkah, Madinah, and Tabuk, while medium to heavy rain and winds may reduce visibility. On Friday, the National Center of Meteorology issued a weather alert for Makkah. It will be operational till 9:00 p.m. The crisis and emergency management department for the holy city advised its citizens to stay inside unless necessary.

To safeguard their safety is advised that people exercise caution and stay away from areas where rainfall collects. In the meantime, NCM upgraded Jeddah’s rain alert status to a warning. As cumulus clouds filled the sky above the seaside city of Jeddah, rain poured in various locations throughout the governorate.

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Authorities in Jeddah advised citizens to stay inside because heavy rain was predicted for Friday. They set up supplies and personnel on Thursday to handle any weather-related issues over the weekend. 3,822 personnel and 1,490 pieces of equipment, according to the Jeddah municipality, were on hand to handle any issues brought on by the rain. The labor teams were dispersed across 13 support centers and 16 sub-municipalities.

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