Kuwaiti PM says those affected by heavy rains will be compensated

Flights were temporarily suspended and the three main ports were closed on Thursday due to the unstable weather



Those affected by heavy rains and flooding in Kuwait will be compensated, the country’s Prime Minister Sheikh Jaber Al-Mubarak Al-Hamad Al-Sabah announced on Thursday.

His remarks came during a meeting with senior government officials, the Kuwait News Agency (KUNA) reported.

He lauded the efforts carried out by the authorities in dealing with the adverse weather conditions in the country.

The PM was also briefed on the emergency plans outlined by the state departments.

Kuwait has been hit by heavy rains and flooding in the last few weeks, with the situation continuing to worsen.

On Thursday, Kuwait’s aviation regulator temporarily suspended all flights to and from Kuwait International Airport due to the unstable weather conditions.

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Navigation at the country’s three main ports – Shuwaikh, Shuaiba and Doha – was also suspended.

State corporations, banks and the country’s stock market suspended work on Wednesday as extreme weather caused flooding in some areas of Kuwait City.

Read: Kuwaiti stock market, banks suspend work on Wednesday after floods

The country’s public works minister resigned on Friday due to the extensive damage caused by days of rains and floods last week. The first death linked to the bad weather was reported the next day.

Read: Floods kill one in Kuwait a day after minister resigned

Adverse weather conditions have also hit Saudi Arabia, where 30 people have been killed in flood-related accidents. Officials have urged residents to be cautious and avoid venturing towards flood-hit areas.

Read more: Saudi warns residents to be careful as 30 die in flood-related accidents