Kuwait Times - - LOCAL - By Hanan Al-Saadoun

The In­te­rior Min­istry’s re­la­tions and se­cu­rity me­dia de­part­ment and Kuwait Fire Ser­vice De­part­ment (KFSD) urged all cit­i­zens and ex­pats to be very care­ful dur­ing heavy rain and thun­der­storms, dur­ing which the fol­low­ing safety mea­sures should be fully ob­served:

Keep up­dated about weather fore­casts is­sued by the Di­rec­torate Gen­eral of Civil Avi­a­tion by fol­low­ing var­i­ous me­dia or through smart­phone ap­pli­ca­tions.

In case of heavy rain while driv­ing, drive away from low-ly­ing and flooded ar­eas to avoid break­downs and drown­ing. In case a ve­hi­cle breaks down dur­ing a flood, aban­don it and take shel­ter in a safe spot. In case of light­ning, avoid open ar­eas and stop us­ing mo­bile phones or the ve­hi­cle’s ra­dio while driv­ing.

If you have a base­ment in your house, make sure you have a func­tion­ing drainage pump.

In case the base­ment drainage pumps breaks down and wa­ter level rises, im­me­di­ately dis­con­nect power sup­plies and climb to higher floors from where you can call 112.

It is ad­vis­able not to use el­e­va­tors dur­ing heavy rain un­less they are equipped with au­to­mat­i­cally open­ing doors when power is dis­con­nected.

Avoid driv­ing ve­hi­cles in wa­ter ponds formed in desert ar­eas.


A fire broke out in a fourth-floor apart­ment in a Salmiya build­ing, said se­cu­rity sources, not­ing that fire­men rushed to the scene and man­aged to res­cue two peo­ple who were trapped be­hind flames. The en­tire build­ing had to be evac­u­ated dur­ing the process.

Waste man­age­ment

Kuwait Mu­nic­i­pal­ity Di­rec­tor Ahmed Al-Man­fouhi stressed the sig­nif­i­cance of uti­liz­ing sci­en­tific waste man­age­ment meth­ods and fol­low­ing the steps of ad­vanced coun­tries on re­cy­cling and pro­tect­ing nat­u­ral re­sources. Speak­ing on the oc­ca­sion of tak­ing part in a train­ing pro­gram of waste man­age­ment in Spain, Man­fouhi added that re­cy­cling waste can turn it from a bur­den into an eco­nomic re­source. He also noted that the mu­nic­i­pal­ity in­tends to build the first-of-its-kind fac­tory in the Mid­dle East to an­nu­ally process about one mil­lion tons of solid waste safely and use it in gen­er­at­ing elec­tric­ity. Mean­while, deputy di­rec­tor for projects Na­dia Al-Shereeda said that the mu­nic­i­pal­ity del­e­ga­tion vis­ited a num­ber of re­cy­cling fac­to­ries in Spain to wit­ness Span­ish ef­forts in the field and make use of them in build­ing sim­i­lar plants in Kuwait.

A fire­man is seen af­ter tack­ling a blaze in a Salmiya apart­ment yes­ter­day

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