‘Floods may re­cur in Kuwait in wa­ter-sat­u­rated re­gions’

In­fra­struc­ture crum­bles in bizarre storms

Arab Times - - LOCAL -

KUWAIT CITY, Nov 10, (KUNA): Clouds are cur­rently ac­cu­mu­lat­ing above Kuwait sig­nal­ing pos­si­ble heavy rain in the next hours boost­ing prospects that floods may re­cur par­tic­u­larly in some ar­eas where the soil has been sat­u­rated with wa­ter from pre­vi­ous down­pours, warns Kuwait Me­te­o­ro­log­i­cal De­part­ment of the Direc­torate Gen­eral of Civil Avi­a­tion.

Me­te­o­rol­o­gist Ab­du­laziz Al-Qer­awi said in a state­ment to KUNA that the fore­cast del­uge might be­gin in western parts of the coun­try and grad­u­ally spread to cen­tral ar­eas.

Rain­falls are fore­cast to pro­ceed through­out Sun­day, with down­pours on south­ern re­gions, amid gales ex­ceed­ing 60 kms per hour, low vis­i­bil­ity and seven-feet waves at the sea.

Kuwait’s me­te­o­ro­log­i­cal of­fice has is­sued weather warn­ings for the com­ing hours, with an in­creas­ing po­ten­tial for spotty and thun­dery show­ers.

The un­sta­ble weather grip­ping the coun­try is likely to per­sist later to­day with a chance of in­ter­mit­tent down­pours at vary­ing in­ten­si­ties, me­te­o­rol­o­gist Ab­du­laziz Al-Qarawi told KUNA.

Weather con­di­tions are ex­pected to grad­u­ally im­prove af­ter mid­day to­mor­row, he in­di­cated.

Pub­lic util­i­ties at some ar­eas in Kuwait have been over­whelmed by re­cent heavy rains, as­so­ci­ated with strong waves, Kuwaiti of­fi­cials said on Satur­day.

Rain­wa­ters

The large quan­ti­ties of rain­wa­ters were be­yond all ex­pec­ta­tions so in­fra­struc­ture util­i­ties could not re­sist, they said dur­ing a joint press con­fer­ence.

The Min­istry of In­te­rior’s op­er­a­tions cen­ter has re­ceived a to­tal 20,027 rain-re­lated con­tacts since the se­vere wave of heavy rains hit the coun­try, the min­istry’s un­der­sec­re­tary Isam A-Na­ham said.

“We have set up op­er­at­ing rooms work­ing round-the-clock, in ad­di­tion to an ad­min­is­tra­tive room in af­fected south­ern ar­eas. Now, we are cre­at­ing rooms in north­ern ar­eas in re­sponse to ex­pected down­pours,” he added.

The of­fi­cial urged all cit­i­zens and res­i­dents to stay in­doors due to bad weather fore­casts for the com­ing hours, Al-Na­ham pointed out.

He also urged ev­ery­one to shrug off ru­mors and ex­ag­ger­a­tions about weather con­di­tions, and to seek re­li­able in­for­ma­tion in­stead.

Mean­while, Kuwaiti Na­tional Guard Un­der­sec­re­tary Lieu­tenant Gen­eral Hashim Al-Ri­fai said the Guard state of readi­ness has been up­lifted since Tues­day.

Guard units combed the sixth and sev­enth ring roads, en­gaged in pump­ing wa­ter out of Al-Far­waniyah and Adan Hospi­tals – in co­or­di­na­tion with the Min­istry of De­fense.

Large four-wheel ve­hi­cles have been em­ployed to help in res­cu­ing stranded cit­i­zens and ex­pa­tri­ates and mil­i­tary ve­hi­cles have been used to trans­port peo­ple sur­rounded by wa­ters in ar­eas where am­bu­lances can­not reach, said Lieut Gen Al-Ri­fai.

He has af­firmed that an “ad­min­is­tra­tive zone” has been set up in the north­ern and south­ern re­gions to en­sure pre­pared­ness of con­cerned per­son­nel.

Bri­gadier Adel Al-Ru­jaib of the army chair­man­ship of staff af­firmed that the mil­i­tary have been lend­ing sup­port to the MoI, the Guard and the fire­men to min­i­mize im­pact of the del­uge.

The troops had been in­volved in var­i­ous tasks, such as re­open­ing blocked bridges and tun­nels.

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