Kuwait forms committee to assess Sabah Al-Ahmad City storm damage
Flash floods have left at least one dead and inflicted major infra damage in Kuwait
The Kuwaiti government is reportedly assigning experts to assess infrastructure damage at Sabah Al Ahmad City after storms hit the country earlier in November.
As reported by Kuwait Times, Jenan Bushehri, Kuwait’s Minister for Housing Affairs and Minister of State for Services, announced special technical teams would be formed to assess the damage, caused when storms battered Kuwait's southern areas.
Assessment teams, the news outlet added, will tour various sectors in the city, with Bushehri noting “a number of companies will immediately tend to the repairs as per the terms of the contractors with them without costing the housing authority any expense”.
The minister reportedly said concerned companies will be ‘severely punished’ in case any dereliction or manipulation was involved, adding that the housing authority’s officials and employees “will also be held accountable if they were involved in such dereliction”.
She added that the country's Public Authority for Housing Welfare is coordinating with the Ministry of Public Works to assess the damage, reporting to the neutral committee formed by Hosam Al-Roumi, Minister of Public Works and Minister of State for Municipal Affairs.
The news comes days after severe flash floods hit Kuwait, with more rainfall falling on 9 November than was anticipated for the entire month, as reported by Arabian Business earlier this week.
According to Kuwait’s state-run KUNA news agency, Al-Roumi resigned following the flooding, which left at least one person dead. The former minister expressed “deep regret” for damages to property and infrastructure that took place during the flooding.