Kuwait Army firemen are partaking in efforts to re-open roads that have been swamped with torrential rain since Sunday’s early hours. The director of morale guidance at the chairmanship of staff, Colonel Mohammad Al- Awadhi, said in a statement that the army firemen have been pumping water from several public places and roads in the governorate of Al-Farwaniya and locations opposite Al- Messilah bridge where traffic has been jammed due to the high levels of water.

Kuwait is currently witnessing sporadic heavy rainfalls, cloudy and windy weather. Meanwhile, Kuwait Fire Forces said in a statement that its teams responded to 103 help calls and rescued up to 106 persons who were stranded amid raging waters on roads and some houses due to the downpour.

The KFF said it had received most of the calls from the governorates of Hawally and Al- Farwaniyah, urging people to abstain from emerging outdoors except for necessities. Earlier today, the Ministry of Public Works (MPW) announced reopening several sites of rainwater collection after closing them down for precautionary measures, amongst such sites are the sixth ring road, Al-Ghazali and Al-Mangaf tunnels.

Ministry Spokesperson Abdullah Al-Ajmi stated to KUNA Sunday that the ministry’s emergency teams are spread across the country to face and deal with troubles caused by the heavy rainfall.

He indicated that the teams are coordinating with other concerned ministries and authorities. Spokesperson Al-Ajmi also mentioned that the ministry previously distributed water pumps to areas where rainwater was expected to pool in order to avoid road closures.

He also urged road-goers to avoid being on the road while rain is falling as it might cause water pooling and hurdle traffic, indicating that they are currently working on a number of roads, and that he is currently on sixth ring road to oversee process of clearing the road. – KUNA

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