No serious injuries reported in torrential rain; Road blocks cleared

Tuesday, November 6, 2018

Kuwait has witnessed relatively stable weather for the past few hours and no serious injuries reported across the country after the torrential rain hit the country last night.

Ministry of Health (MoH) official Dr. Rehab Al-Watyan said that 42 health centres are operating over time on Tuesday. Minister of Health Sheikh Dr. Bassel Al-Sabah and Undersecretary Dr. Mustafa Redha have ordered the directors of health areas and hospitals to have field trips to hospitals and health centres to inspect the progress of work.

The Ministry of Water and Electricity said Tuesday that no power outages or malfunctions had been reported at power stations because of the heavy rain. Undersecretary of the ministry Eng. Mohammad Bosheri said that power cuts in some houses and dwellings might be attributed to water seeping into electrical circuits, which shut off to prevent damage. The ministry urged people to continually monitor the power board in their respective homes to make sure that no damage has been done, said the official, affirming that emergency teams of the ministry were ready to address any situation

The Cabinet earlier issued a decision Tuesday to suspend work at ministries, government institutions, and schools because of the unstable weather condition.

Meanwhile, Minister of Public Works and Minister of State for Municipal Affairs Hussam Al-Roumi said Tuesday that what happened to the road network and sanitation system due to heavy rain early Tuesday is intolerable. Minister Al-Roumi said that during an emergency meeting held with municipality directors and representatives from the traffic and fire departments that there is a responsibility to be carried out and that this issue will be investigated through an impartial commission of inquiry, indicating that those responsible will be held accountable.

Al-Roumi praised efforts made by the Ministry of Public Works, Ministry of the Interior, Kuwait Municipality and general authority for roads which assisted in avoidance of traffic issues caused by the rain. A detailed report on the issues will be prepared to prevent future cases, he said.

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