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13 Nov 2018 | 03:51 PM UTC

Kuwait: Flooding prompts road and business closures November 14 /update 2

Flooding causes widespread damage to public infrastructure as of November 13; government, schools, and businesses to close November 14

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Event

Sustained heavy rains and flooding nationwide, notably in Al-Asimah and Hawalli provinces, have prompted road and business closures as of Tuesday, November 13. The Kuwaiti government has ordered all ministries and schools to close on Wednesday, November 14, while several major corporations have ordered all non-essential employees to remain home on Wednesday. Further forecast rainfall in affected areas may exacerbate flooding and cause transportation disruptions.

Context

Flooding in Kuwait has left at least one person dead as of November 13. Minister of Public Works Hussam al-Roumi resigned on November 9 due to extensive damage to public infrastructure, while the Kuwait Oil Company issued a temporary state of emergency which was lifted on November 10.

Advice

Individuals in Kuwait are advised to follow weather forecasts, prepare for transportation disruptions, and adhere to any advice issued by the local authorities (e.g. potential evacuation orders). In the event of flooding, keep in mind that driving or walking through running water can be dangerous - 15 cm (6 in) of running water is enough to knock over an adult.

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