National Guard declares ‘maximum’ readiness due to weather conditions
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.