One killed in Kuwait floods

Khaleej Times - - MIDDLE EAST -

kuwait city — Flash floods after heavy rains in Kuwait killed one man Satur­day and dam­aged roads, bridges and homes, of­fi­cials said, as sev­eral oil firms and min­istries an­nounced a state of emer­gency.

The health min­istry said the man, aged 30, was swept away by the flood­ing as he tried to res­cue his fam­ily from their home which was sub­merged in water.

An un­spec­i­fied num­ber of peo­ple were also re­ported in­jured in traf­fic ac­ci­dents caused by the rains.

Sev­eral ve­hi­cles in many ar­eas of the desert king­dom were washed away by the floods, par­tic­u­larly in newly-build res­i­den­tial ar­eas, AFP jour­nal­ists said.

The Kuwaiti army and the na­tional guard launched search op­er­a­tions as au­thor­i­ties set aside sev­eral lo­ca­tions to re­ceive res­i­dents threat­ened by flood­ing.

The min­istries of oil and elec­tric­ity as well as sev­eral oil com­pa­nies an­nounced a state of emer­gency, and the govern­ment held an ur­gent cabi­net ses­sion on Satur­day morn­ing.

Prime Min­is­ter Sheikh Jaber Mubarak Al Sabah chaired the meet­ing and said that of­fi­cials will be in­ves­ti­gated and those who failed in their du­ties to pre­vent the flood­ing will be held ac­count­able.

The state news agency Kuna, quot­ing the min­istry of ed­u­ca­tion, said that pri­vate and pub­lic schools would be closed on Sun­day.

Bad weather ac­com­pa­nied by tor­ren­tial rains and flash flood­ing has hit sev­eral coun­tries in the re­gion, in­clud­ing Jor­dan where 12 peo­ple have been killed and nearly 4,000 tourists forced to flee the famed an­cient desert city of Pe­tra.—

AFP

Mu­nic­i­pal work­ers drain water from a flooded un­der­pass in Al Man­gaf dis­trict, south of kuwait City, on Satur­day. —

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