Updated: 11/17/2018 4:17:52 AM
Maritime traffic has resumed in Kuwait’s Sheweikh and AL-Doha ports after a temporary closure due to bad weather, but Shuaiba port remains closed, Kuwait’s Port Authority said on Thursday, Kuwait News Agency (KUNA) reported.
Published Friday, November 16, 2018
Kuwait is currently witnessing unstable weather conditions and heavy downpours in some areas and forecasts indicate the instability will continue until Friday morning.
The interior ministry warned some roads were completely closed to traffic due to the heavy downpour, which turned some of them into large pools of water, and instructed motorists to take alternative routes.
The cabinet at an emergency meeting on Wednesday decided to suspend work at all ministries, state institutions, colleges and public and private schools on Thursday as a precautionary measure. It had made a similar decision on Wednesday.
A spokesperson for the Civil Defence said they had sheltered 148 individuals in 29 hospitality flats in the Ahmadi governorate. "We rescued them after we received calls from them," Jamal Al Fawdari said.
Life in the northern Arabian Gulf state has come to a standstill for the past three days following the unusually heavy downpour that, according to the meteorological department, was equal to Kuwait's average annual rainfall.
Several agencies were mobilized to help with the damage control and rescue efforts, and Kuwait's army and National Guard were eventually ordered to join in.
The interior ministry told citizens and expatriates to avoid venturing out of their homes while the authorities attempt to deal with the situation.
Road users were warned to exercise the highest levels of caution due to the driving difficulties, traffic congestion and floods.
The rains have claimed one victim who drowned on Saturday as he was attempting to save his family.
Public Works Minister and Minister of State for Municipal Affairs Hossam Al Roumi opted to resign. Al Roumi expressed his "deep regret" about the severe destruction of property. "Everyone knows that I am new at the Ministry of Public Works and that I have exerted every effort to carry out my responsibilities in developing work, protecting public funds, combating corruption and working with my colleagues," he said in a statement on Friday evening. "Based on my moral responsibility and in support of the approach taken by His Highness the Prime Minister to assume the consequences of the heavy responsibility borne by the Government, I submitted my resignation ..."
Kuwait Extreme Weather Facts
Affected Area: 2000 km.
Alert Level: Yellow