Heavy rains shut down Kuwait, Minister quits

Dozens of Telugu workers living in the Jahra area climbed the roofs of their houses late on Wednesday night as floodwaters marooned their houses.

By Author  |  Gulf Correspondent  |  Published: 15th Nov 2018  8:31 pm

Riyadh: Kuwait has been witnessing the worst weather conditions for the last two days, with heavy rains flooding most parts of the country, turning roads into waterbeds. The government here declared a public holiday on Thursday.

The Kuwait International Airport has suspended air traffic operations and has diverted flights to Riyadh, Dammam in Saudi Arabia and Bahrain on Thursday, while a seaport also remained closed for the second day on Thursday.

Police has blocked several important roads that are flooded as a precautionary measure.

Dozens of Telugu workers living in the Jahra area climbed the roofs of their houses late on Wednesday night as floodwaters marooned their houses. Some of them used ropes to climb the roofs till they were rescued by the civil defence teams.

The government has opened six shelter houses in different parts of the city, and authorities concerned have been working round-the-clock. Municipal officials have deployed over 6,000 personnel to clear waterlogging. Walterlogging has halted traffic at several areas in the country, and has posing hurdles to the movement of rescue vehicles of the civil defence teams, according to officials. Many cars were swept away as the sewage system failed to drain the water from the roads.

Meanwhile, Minister of Public Works Hussam al-Roumi resigned over the failure to deal with the massive flooding across the country.

The National Assembly has constituted a three-member committee to investigate allegations of government mismanagement and failure to deal with heavy rains.

Also, some of provinces in Saudi Arabia, including the holy cities of Madinah and Makkah, also witnessing rains from the last two days.

The central province of Qassim and many parts of the eastern provinces witnessed heavy downpour on Thursday.