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KUWAIT CITY, March 29: The Directorate-General of Fire Department (DGFD) report on the causes of the inundation of the “Jabriya” tunnel on the Maghreb highway revealed that the water drainage openings inside the tunnel were completely blocked during the Sunday rains for unknown reasons, pointing out that the firefighting teams used long hoses to draw water into the third basement of the tunnel and the opening of the closed drainage holes, reports Al-Jarida daily. The report, a copy of which the Fire Department has submitted to the Ministry of Works, stated that it took the firefighters more than 10 hours to suck the water and open the drainage outlets, due to the large amounts of water that flooded the tunnel.
This is in addition, the emergency team of the Public Authority for Roads and Land Transport revealed that there was a failure by the contractor to fulfill his contractual obligations, which led to the sinking of the Ghazali, Jabriya, and Kairouan tunnels.
The authority demanded that the contract with the contractor be terminated and that the contractor bear all the financial consequences arising from this procedure, calling for notifying the competent authorities of the contractor’s responsibility to bear all costs and the value of losses incurred by public and private property.
Meanwhile, the Ministry of Public Works received 409 rain-related complaints during the heavy rains recently, reports Al-Jarida daily. In a press statement, the ministry confirmed dealing with the complaints in accordance with the regulations. It has already addressed 250 of these complaints and work is underway for 141 complaints, while 18 complaints were forwarded to the concerned institutions as they are beyond the ministry’s jurisdiction.