Tuesday, 23 October 2018

Over 43 million gallons of rainwater removed and 95% roads are clear in Qatar

The teams of Rainfall Emergency Committee have removed over 43 million gallons of rainwater within 72 hours from low-laying areas across the country.

“Over 95 percent of highways, service lanes and internal roads have been cleared from water logging caused by the rainfall,” said Safar Mubarak Al Shafi, Head of the Rainfall Emergency Committee at the Ministry of Municipality and Environment, in a statement yesterday.

He said that rainfall emergency teams at the municipalities are continuing efforts to remove water-logging caused by heavy rain which lashed most part of the country on Saturday.

A view of Rainfall Emergency Control Room of the Public Works Authority (Ashghal), where work is going round-the-clock to monitor drainage networks and respond to water accumulation complaints.
He said that about 43 million gallons of rainwater was removed in 6,720 tanker loads since Thursday afternoon until yesterday morning.

“After hours-long heavy rain which was not seen in the country for years, the emergency teams comprising 414 people, exerted great efforts,” said Al Shafi adding that 307 water tankers were pressed in service to remove the water logging.

Safar Mubarak Al Shafi, Head of the Rainfall Emergency Committee at the Ministry of Municipality and Environment, said that the operation was carried out in coordination with the Public Works Authority and the security forces, Civil Defence, Lakhwiya, Al Fazaa to ensure the traffic flow. “Efforts are continuing to clear rainwater from residential areas, especially the affected houses, which are flooded with rainwater.”

He pointed out that the heavy rainfall was recorded throughout Doha and Al Rayyan municipalities, and parts of the municipalities of Al Wakra, Al Daayen, Khor and Al Dakhira.

“The rainfall caused water logging which require continuous efforts to remove it,” said Al Shafi. He appreciated the authorities concerned for supporting the emergency teams with tanks and water-pumps to meet the requirements.

Al Shafi explained that the control rooms in the municipalities received about 1,555 calls about water-logging and work is continue to clear rainwater from all municipalities.

(Source: The Peninsula)

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