Kuwait City faced serious flooding last week after storms brought nearly a year’s worth of rainfall over two days ©Xinhua News Agency/PA Images
Kuwait City faced serious flooding last week after storms brought nearly a year’s worth of rainfall over two days ©Xinhua News Agency/PA Images

Kuwait bans architects of rain-damaged buildings

posted by Francis Churchill
20 November 2018

The government of Kuwait has banned all firms that designed or built housing and infrastructure damaged in recent heavy rainfall until an investigation has been complete.

The government said these companies and architectural firms would not be allowed to take part in any new project before they have been cleared of wrongdoing by a fact-finding commission.

Kuwait City faced serious flooding last week after storms brought nearly a year’s worth of rainfall over two days. The storm caused flooding that led to flight cancellations, property damage, and the closure of public schools, government offices and roads.

This was the third time the city has seen flooding this month.

An investigation into the causes of the flooding has been launched which will look at both individuals and companies, said Hussam Al-Roumi, minister of public works and minister of state for municipal affairs.

The government statement also said a team, chaired by Hind Al-Sabhhe, minister of social affairs and labour, would be created to determine who was responsible for damage caused by rainfall.

This team will lead on renovating houses damaged by rainfall, finding temporary accomodation for those displaced and preparing requests for compensation for damage caused, starting next week.

The same team will also work on learning lessons on how to prevent future damage in the event of a similar level of rainfall, and look at ways to capture and store rain instead of letting it go to waste.

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