Qatar: MME response teams mop up rainwater
Qatar's Ministry of Municipality and Environment has deployed response teams throughout affected areas to mop up thousands of litres of rain water
After a week of rain, Qatar is in need of cleaning up as rainwater stands in deep puddles through out the affected areas.
The Ministry of Municipality and Environment (MME) has a dedicated team to respond to such issues.
Between last Tuesday and Saturday evening, the MME’s emergency response teams pumped out 122,217,189 gallons (462,642,387 litres) of rainwater from waterlogged areas in all municipalities.
The task was undertaken by about 595 workers, using 349 tankers.
In October last year, Public Works Authority, Ashghal, in an effort to prevent or avert a reoccurrence of the floods in 2015, collaborated with the MME on the topic of rain preparedness.
As part of this, 395 Ashghal and MME employees were to be alerted to the possibility of rain and had procedures to follow in such an event.
So too, in March 2016, Ashghal’s Drainage Operation and Maintenance Department implemented a new system for live monitoring of ground and surface water drainage networks and sewage networks.
The rain emergency committee at the MME has said that work will continue to suck up all rainwater accumulations across the country.