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Published Monday, November 12, 2018
Flash floods after heavy rains in Kuwait killed one man Saturday and damaged roads, bridges, and homes, officials said, as several oil firms and ministries announced a state of emergency.
The health ministry said the man, aged 30, was swept away by the flooding as he tried to rescue his family from their home which was submerged in water.
An unspecified number of people were also reported injured in traffic accidents caused by the rains. Several vehicles in many areas of Kuwait were washed away by the floods, particularly in newly-build residential areas, AFP journalists said.
The Kuwaiti army and the national guard launched search operations as authorities set aside several locations to receive residents threatened by flooding.
Prime Minister Sheikh Jaber Mubarak Al-Sabah chaired the meeting and said that officials will be investigated and those who failed in their duties to prevent the flooding will be held accountable.
The state news agency KUNA, quoting the ministry of education, said that private and public schools would be closed on Sunday.