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Heavy rain stops Kuwait again

Due to heavy rains on Sunday, Kuwait stopped badly again. In Kuwait, roads, highways, underpasses and lowlands are flooded, causing heavy rainfall to fall every year. Desperate calls from people stuck in lowland homes and drivers and passengers trapped in cars while driving are also repeated every year. But no one seems to learn from past experience, neither the general public nor the authorities.

It didn’t change as heavy rains and winds struck the country on Sunday. Fortunately, there were no reports of loss of life due to bad weather or rain. In some areas it was over 60 mm, according to a meteorological bureau official. This is more than half of Kuwait’s average annual rainfall of 100 mm.

And, as always, even before the rain subsided, a series of blame games began. At the forefront were parliamentarians, who quickly transferred government responsibilities. This is especially true of former ministers involved in ensuring the safety and maintenance of public places and road networks. What lawmakers forgot to mention conveniently was their role in interfering with parliamentary proceedings and passing legislation essential to the effective and effective work of the government.

Parliamentarian Mubarak al-Azimi fired the first shot, accused former public works minister Lana Alfales, blamed “what’s happening on the roads of Kuwait”, and needed repairs during the closure. He added that he was given the opportunity to do so. “But she failed” because of the coronavirus pandemic.

MP Abdulkarim Al-Kandari has asked the government to declare a holiday today as it will be very difficult to travel on the road. He said the rain damage had recurred due to the accumulated rot. He held the government accountable.

According to media reports, the Home Office urged the public to stay out except in emergencies, turning many residential areas into lakes and thousands of vehicles stuck on submerged roads. Teams such as the Army, National Guard, municipalities, fire departments, and the Ministry of Public Works were busy all day trying to drain the water that filled many underpasses.

State media agencies in several Gulf Cooperation Council (GCC) states have recently reported heavy rains, including Dubai, Sharjah and the capital Abu Dhabi in the United Arab Emirates, and official WAM news outlets expect bad weather to continue. It states that it has been. Until Thursday.

Heavy rains are also flooding the region of Saudi Arabia, affecting pilgrims in the sanctuary of Makkah. Saudi Arabia’s civil defense has warned that moderate to heavy rainfall is expected to continue in some areas. On Saturday, Omani television announced “storm rains of varying intensity” in several parts of the country, howling images of wet roads and rising waters. Qatar officials have urged residents to warn and predict “stormy rain” and strong winds in some parts of the country from Sunday.

Firefighters, security guards
At the forefront of search and rescue

Kuwait Army firefighters help civilian responders, guards, and traffic personnel to help people involved in yesterday’s floods and participate in search and rescue operations on roads and areas hit by heavy rains. , And joined the National Guard. It was welcomed in Kuwait from early Sunday morning.

We are working to reopen the road that was hit by torrential rain from early Sunday morning. In a statement, Colonel Mohammad al-Awadi, chair of the staff, said Army firefighters from several public places and roads in Al-Farwaniya province, and across the Al-Meshira bridge. He said he was pumping water from the place. Floods at these locations and from other lowlands of roads with high levels of water due to improper drainage and inefficient maintenance.

In a statement released at that time, the Kuwaiti fire brigade responded to more than 103 requests for assistance, rescued more than 106 people stuck in the raging seas of the road, and rescued some from flooded homes and basements. Said it was done. Due to torrential rain. The fire brigade said most of the calls were from Hawalli and Farwaniyah provinces. The statement urged people to stay home and stay out, except in an emergency.

A press release from the Ministry of Public Works (MPW) on Monday morning announced that several points along the arterial road, which had been closed as a precautionary measure since Sunday morning, are now open. The ministry pointed out that some of the reopened sites are the 6th Ring Road, the Ghazalie Tunnel, and the Mangafu Tunnel.

Kuwait National Guard personnel are helping to cope with weather difficulties.

MPW spokesman Abdullah Al-Ajmi informed the public in a statement on Sunday that the ministry’s emergency team is spreading nationwide to face and address the problems caused by the heavy rains. He showed that the team is coordinating with other relevant ministries.

He added that he had previously distributed several water pumps to areas where rainwater was expected to collect in the event of heavy rain to prevent road closures due to rain. The statement also warned the public not to use roads during heavy rains, as there is a high risk of water pooling in the lowlands of roads and highways, especially overhead bridges and underpasses at intersections.

The statement states that the ministry is currently working on some new roads or updating existing roads to facilitate and smooth the flow of traffic along these routes, especially along the 6th Ring Road. And said it was readjusting.

A statement from the Ministry of Education further revealed that all final exams at the junior high school level, originally scheduled for Monday, will take place the next day in addition to grades 10 and 11.

Kuwait Army firefighters pump water from flooded areas in several parts of the country.

On Monday, Kuwait continued to witness sporadic heavy rains, with dark, cloudy and windy weather in many places. National Guard personnel are also involved with their civilian and military responders in helping out with efforts after the heavy rains on Sunday.

Colonel Jedern Fadell, an official spokesperson for the National Guard, said at a press conference that some areas submerged by the floods, especially those near Kuwait International Airport, were submerged by National Guard personnel. He said he was involved in supporting drainage. Of traffic. Other teams of the Guard performed similar work in the Sabaal Ahmad district and Algazari Road, where personnel rescued one who was involved in the Flood. Personnel and workers from several Kuwaitian authorities and departments have worked together to ease the difficulties caused by the heavy rains witnessed throughout Kuwait from early today.

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