Na­tional Guard de­clares ‘max­i­mum’ readi­ness due to weather con­di­tions

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KUWAIT CITY, Nov 10, (KUNA): Kuwait’s Na­tional Guard has an­nounced a state of max­i­mum readi­ness at the ad­min­is­tra­tive sup­port units due to weather con­di­tions en­gulf­ing the coun­try.

Na­tional Guard’s Un­der­sec­re­tary Lieu­tenant Gen­eral Hashem Al-Re­faie has raised readi­ness to the max­i­mum level at the ad­min­is­tra­tive sup­port units, the Na­tional Guard said in a state­ment Fri­day.

It added that Al-Re­faie took part in a meet­ing, which in­cluded Min­is­ter of Health Sheikh Dr Bas­sel Al-Sabah and min­istries’ of­fi­cials within the frame­work of ac­ti­vat­ing the emer­gency plan to tackle im­pacts of the heavy show­ers hit­ting the coun­try.

The guard ear­lier in the day an­nounced the for­ma­tion of six tech­ni­cal emer­gen­cies to fol­low up the ex­erted ef­forts to back the gov­ern­ment bod­ies tasked with tack­ling the im­pacts of rains and ac­cu­mu­lated wa­ter to en­sure smooth traf­fic on roads and face any emer­gency, in im­ple­men­ta­tion of the 2020 strate­gic goals’ doc­u­ment.

Mean­while, His High­ness the Prime Min­is­ter Sheikh Jaber Al-Mubarak Al-Hamad Al-Sabah on Fri­day af­firmed that the gov­ern­ment is fol­low­ing up closely the sit­u­a­tion across the coun­try amid the cur­rent weather con­di­tions.

His High­ness the Pre­mier said

there are di­rec­tive in­struc­tions to all min­is­ters to take re­quired mea­sures so as to main­tain the safety of all cit­i­zens and their prop­er­ties.

He vowed that of­fi­cials, who fail to ful­fill du­ties well, would be held ac­count­able for any neg­li­gence.

In this re­gard, me­te­o­rol­o­gist Ab­du­laziz Al-Qer­awi said that the coun­try is ex­pe­ri­enc­ing an un­sta­ble weather as­so­ci­ated with scat­tered thun­der­ous rains, rang­ing from mod­er­ate to heavy, ex­pected to run un­til Sun­day morn­ing.

Mean­while, a state of emer­gency was an­nounced at the Kuwait Petroleum Cor­po­ra­tion (KPC) and its sub­sidiaries on Fri­day due to the cur­rent un­sta­ble weather, spokesman for the oil sec­tor Sheikh Talal Al-Khaled Al-Sabah said.

He added that the emer­gency rooms of the oil in­sti­tu­tions were ac­ti­vated.

Kuwait is cur­rently wit­ness­ing un­sta­ble weather con­di­tions and heavy rains across the coun­try.

Speak­ing to KUNA in a state­ment, Sheikh Talal said all con­cerned teams are ex­ist­ing at all oil in­sti­tu­tions. They are on alert to deal with emer­gen­cies caused by heavy show­ers, he added, stress­ing that sit­u­a­tion is cur­rently sta­ble re­gard­ing the pro­duc­tion and ex­port process.

The KPC and its sub­sidiaries are keen on the safety of all work­ers, through a max­i­mum readi­ness of con­cerned teams to re­spond to any emer­gency, he noted.

The Kuwait Oil Com­pany (KOC) on Fri­day also de­clared a state of emer­gency be­cause of weather con­di­tions en­gulf­ing the coun­try.

The con­cerned teams are deal­ing with all com­plaints re­gard­ing the heavy show­ers, KOC spokesman and deputy CEO for fi­nan­cial and

ad­min­is­tra­tive af­fairs Ah­mad Al-Hamad said in a press state­ment.

Com­plaints are dealt with in line with the fol­lowed mea­sures in the com­pany, he said.

“We put into con­sid­er­a­tion the safety of all com­pany’s staff and all cit­i­zens of Al-Ah­madi city,” he af­firmed.

Else­where, the Kuwait Na­tional Petroleum Com­pany’s spokesman Bassem Al-Isa said show­ers didn’t cause any dam­age to re­finer­ies.

He added that the com­pany is op­er­at­ing nor­mally in line with its planned pro­gram.

Some units sus­tained lim­ited and in­ef­fec­tive dam­age, he said, adding that teams are deal­ing with this mat­ter ef­fi­ciently.

Wa­ter leak into Al-Ah­madi re­fin­ery’s gate was tack­led, he noted, re­fer­ring that ac­tion has not been ef­fected due to the leak.

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