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Bahrain may use underground parking at malls as shelter - report

Bahrain's National Disaster Management Committee has identified 20 potential shelter locations

Bahrain may use underground parking at malls as shelter - report
Committee executive office head Dr Colonel Mohammed Al Benghdair said six of the shelters will be in the Muharraq area, with the other locations announced in due course.

Bahrain is looking into using underground car parks as shelters in the event of a disaster or an attack, according to a report on Monday.

An official from the country’s National Disaster Management Committee told the Gulf Daily News website government officials had identified 20 shelters which could be used in an emergency situation.

Committee executive office head Dr Colonel Mohammed Al Benghdair said six of the shelters will be in the Muharraq area, with the other locations announced in due course.

He made the point that the kingdom does not currently have any underground bunkers and would instead look to use existing facilities, such as underground car parks at malls and other establishments, the report said.

The committee has also developed strategies to make sure logistical supplies, such as water, medicine and food, will continue in the event of an emergency situation.