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Kuwait's public works minister resigns amid severe flooding
November 10, 2018, 5:26 am

Minister of Public Works and Minister of State for Municipal Affairs Hossam Al-Roumi resigned on Friday following damage caused to properties of citizens and expatriates as a result of unprecedented heavy rainfall in Kuwait recently. Al-Roumi, in his resignation, expressed "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," Al- Roumi said in a statement. Al-Roumi expressed apologies for citizens and expatriates for damage they incurred, and voiced gratitude for His Highness the Amir Sheikh Sabah Al-Ahmad Al-Jaber Al-Sabah, his Highness the Crown Prince Sheikh Nawaf Al-Ahmad Al-Jaber Al-Sabah and His Highness the Prime Minister for their support. He said he had exerted every effort to preserve public funds and fighting corruption as well as improving work in the ministries he held.

Al-Roumi thanked all officials in the government departments to dealing with this unprecedented rain fall. His Highness the Prime Minister Sheikh Jaber Al-Mubarak Al-Hamad Al-Sabah said earlier the government was following up closely the situation across the country amid the unstable weather conditions and heavy rains.

There are direct instructions to all ministries to take necessary measures to maintain safety of citizens and their properties, His Highness the Prime Minister said. Officials failing to fulfill their duties well, will be held accountable, he vowed. In conference call with the concerned ministers, His Highness the Premier affirmed the necessity of making sure that all government bodies are ready to deal with the current weather conditions. Kuwait has been witnessing an unstable weather associated with scattered thunderous rains expected to run until Sunday morning.


Footage posted on social media from across Kuwait showed torrents sweeping away cars as sewage systems failed to drain the heavy downpour.




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