Rain back on Thursday ; health issues warned; Clear rain ponds, MoI told

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KUWAIT CITY, March 27, (Agencies) : The Kuwaiti Ministry of Interior stressed on Sunday, the need to coordinate with the concerned authorities to deal immediately with all water gathering places to reopen roads to ensure smooth traffic flow.

Undersecretary of the Ministry of Interior Lieutenant General Anwar Al-Barjas urged the concerned authorities to deal immediately with rain water accumulated at various places.

The ministry said in a statement issued by the General Department of Security Relations and Media that the Undersecretary of the Ministry of Interior, Lieutenant General Anwar Al-Barjas, visited the security and field agencies concerned to find out what happened and inquire their procedures while dealing with the repercussions of rain. He added that Lieutenant General Al-Barjas inspected a number of roads affected by the amount of rain, and also followed up the work of the security services and state authorities in dealing with water pools there.

First Deputy Prime Minister, Minister of Interior and Acting Minister of Defense Sheikh Talal Khaled Al-Ahmad Al-Sabah had visited a number of roads to view the security situation and traffic due to heavy rains in the country on Sunday evening. The Ministry of Interior announced on Sunday evening, that water has accumulated in a number of roads in the governorates of the capital, Farwaniya, Hawalli and Jahra, due to the wave of rains in the country.

Cars passing through rain water gathered on roads

The General Department of Relations and Security Media at the Ministry of Interior said in a press statement that the closed roads due to the wave of rains that the country is witnessing in Farwaniya Governorate, “Sabah Al-Nasser area, block 4 and the Rabieh region opposite the National Bank and Hammoud Al-Jaber Street opposite the Fifth Ring Road, Habib Al- Manawer Street, the intersection of the Fifth Ring Road with the Al-Andalus area, and the intersection of Saqr Al-Nasafi. They indicated that the water collected in a number of roads in the Hawalli Governorate, the Maidan Hawalli area, behind Kuwait Winter Wonderland and opposite the Hittin Trolley, and in the Jahra Governorate, the Fourth Ring Road before the Doha Link opposite Amghara and Jahra Road at the intersection of Ajian.

It also referred to the water gathering in the Sixth Ring Road, next to the Saad Al-Abdullah area, the Sixth Ring Road opposite the Saad Al-Abdullah area, and the Fifth Ring Road (the tunnel of the Sulaibiya and Kairouan areas). The intersection of the first Jleeb Al-Shuyoukh area, the intersection of Al-Jahra Road with Al-Ghazali Road, and the City Center roundabout.

She added that the roads were closed due to the rainy wave in the Capital Governorate, the Third Ring Road with Canada Dry Street, the Fourth Ring Road with Al-Ghazali Road, and the diversions of Damascus Street towards Al-Jahra. The statement confirmed that the path of the Fifth Ring Road with Damascus Street has shifted into the Al-Surra area, due to the presence of large pools of water.

Sunday noon, due to the rain, the Seventh Ring Road witnessed an accident that caused damage to several vehicles and impeded traffic in front of the Sabhan cemetery in the direction of Jahra, , reports Al-Anba daily. The weather forecast observer at the Met department, Abdulaziz Al-Qarawi, told Kuwait News Agency (KUNA) he expects the weather to be warm during the day and cool at night next Tuesday and Wednesday, with chances of rain coming again next Thursday evening, reports Al-Rai daily. Due to the instability of the weather, the General Fire Force called for caution and the Public Relations and Media Department said in a statement called on everyone to call emergency phone No. 112 when necessary for assistance. For its part, the Department of Public Relations and Security Media at the Ministry of Interior provided a number of tips under the title “For Safe Driving During the Rain”, in which it called for slowing down to avoid skidding, using the warning signal only in the event of a complete stop, moving away from places where water is collected, and adhering to the middle lane. When driving in case of water gathering on the shoulders of the road. Meanwhile, the fourth day of the holy month, the country witnessed cloudy to partly cloudy weather with a noticeable drop in temperature, sporadic rain, sometimes thundery, and an opportunity for dust.

The Ministry of Health has called on citizens and residents, especially those with chronic respiratory diseases (such as asthma), to exercise caution, stay at home as much as possible, and avoid exposure to rain, coinciding with the weather instability the country is currently going through, reports Al-Rai daily. The official spokesman for the ministry, Dr. Abdullah Al- Sanad, said in a press statement, Sunday, that rain may be one of the irritants of asthma, pointing to the need to exercise caution on the roads, and to ensure the availability of the necessary treatments to deal with diseases associated with changing weather, such as bronchodilators for asthma patients. Al-Sanad stressed the need to go to the nearest health center in the event of failure to respond to treatment, indicating that health facilities continue to provide health care services, and when needed, one can call the emergency number 112 to request assistance.

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