High winds and heavy rain batter Kuwait

Forecasters at Kuwait’s meteorological department expect conditions will improve incrementally throughout the day

High winds and heavy rain hit the usually-arid state of Kuwait on Tuesday, leading to road washouts and closures, as the government scrambled to minimise damages.

Kuwait’s parliament declared Tuesday a holiday for all ministries, public and private schools and universities to avoid accidents and traffic-related incidents on the country’s major highways.

Forecasters at Kuwait’s meteorological department expect conditions will improve incrementally throughout the day.

The fire service directorate said that it received more than 160 calls on Tuesday, mostly from people whose cars were caught in floods or had flooding in their basements. They said there were no serious injuries.

The director of the fire service said in a press conference that his teams were on alert and ready to respond.

Meanwhile, Kuwaitis took to social media networks to share images and videos of the storm. A hashtag, “Kuwait is drowning,” was trending on Twitter on Tuesday.

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