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Damages rise as heavy rains pound Kuwait
November 10, 2018, 4:23 pm

Heavy rainfall on Friday night saw a recurrence of last week’s flood damage, with torrents of rain water sweeping away cars, drowning vehicles and seeping into buildings, resulting in suffering and hardships to citizens and residents.

Last week’s thunderstorms on Monday and Tuesday had led to flood waters inundating highways and underpasses, as well as causing significant damage to public and personal property. Educational institutions and government offices had remained closed, businesses bemoaned damaged products and residents complained about flooded homes. Firemen and security personnel helped rescue scores of people trapped in their vehicles and in flooded basements. In response, the government sacked the head of the Public Authority for Roads and Transport, Ahmad Al-Hassan, and penalized other municipal officials.

With political pressure mounting on the government at its unpreparedness and poor maintenance of roads and drains in the country, the Minister of Public Works and Minister of State for Municipal Affairs Hossam Al-Roumi tendered his resignation on Friday. In his letter of resignation to the prime minister, Al-Roumi expressed his ‘deep regret’ for the damage of properties as a result of the heavy rainfall.

"I have submitted my resignation to His Highness the Prime Minister bearing my moral responsibility and in line with His Highness the Prime Minister's accountability approach," the minister said in a statement, while expressing his apologies to citizens and expatriates for damage they incurred. He also thanked all officials in the government departments in helping to deal with the unprecedented rainfall.

Earlier, His Highness the Prime Minister Sheikh Jaber Al-Mubarak Al-Hamad Al-Sabah said that the government was following up closely on the situation across the country amid the unstable weather conditions and heavy rains. He added that direct instructions had been given to all ministries to take necessary measures to maintain safety of citizens and their properties. An extraordinary cabinet meeting was called for on Saturday to review reports on the impact of unprecedented rains in the country.

With more rains expected in the days ahead, the Higher Emergency Committee plans to set up an ‘administrative zone’ in the North and South Kuwait to cope with the impact of predicted torrential rains.



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