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All govt bodies ready to deal with unstable weather: MPW

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Mangaf underpass to be closed: minister

Minister of Public Works and Minister of State for Municipal Affairs Eng Hossam Al- Roumi, following the work of the Ministry in monitoring the fluctuations of the weather as the ministry staff gear up in anticipation of further rains

KUWAIT CITY, Nov 14, (KUNA): Minister of Public Works and Minister of State for Municipal Affairs Hossam Al-Roumi stressed on Wednesday that all government bodies are ready to deal with the unstable weather and potential heavy rain from Wednesday to Friday, as predicted by the Directorate General of Civil Aviation’s Meteorological Department.

Speaking at the National Assembly’s supplementary session dedicated to discussing repercussions of the potential rainfall, the minister pointed out that the Ministry of Defense has detected areas of the country affected by rain and began working on setting up barriers to prevent the rainwater from reaching residential areas.

He added that the National Guard mobilized its vehicles to the city of Sabah Al- Ahmad’s residential area and installed additional pumps on the southern rainwater sewers that reach the city in order to carry out suction operations for the largest amount of rain water expected to fall in the next three days, noting that the officers and soldiers of the National Guard are on duty around the clock.

Stressing
Al-Roumi called on everyone to focus efforts now in dealing with the current situation as the country is expected to witness heavy rains during the coming period in order to overcome these conditions, stressing at the same time that these circumstances “do not mean that we will not punish those responsible and we will hold accountable the defaulters.”

He added that “the investigation is underway by a neutral committee and we will inform the National Assembly of results of the investigation with all transparency.”

Meanwhile, Minister of Public Works and Minister of State for Municipal Affairs Hossam Al-Roumi said on Wednesday that Manqaf tunnel is currently operating but will be closed in a precautionary measure.

At a parliamentary supplementary session called for by the MPs to discuss repercussions of potential downpour, the minister said the tunnel will be considered as a reservoir in the event of heavy rain and potential rainwater reaching more than 30 millimeters to prevent rainwater from reaching the houses surrounding the tunnel.

“We now have large pumping machines and we can drain the tunnel. In the case of heavy rains and high tide where there is no discharge of rainwater despite presence of strong water drainage from the pumps, drainage systems may not be able to absorb the amount of rain, and God forbid, nearby homes may overflow”, the minister clarified. “So, if the amount of rainwater is increased, the tunnel will be transferred into a semi-tank to protect the lives of citizens and residents, who are the most expensive and most important of all,” the minister noted

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