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Kuwaiti Minister of Public Works resigns amid flooding fallout

Hossam Al-Roumi has expressed 'deep regret' for damages to property and infrastructure during the deadly floods

Kuwaiti Minister of Public Works resigns amid flooding fallout
Kuwaiti Minister of Public Works and Minister of State for Municipal Affairs Hossam Al-Roumi

Kuwaiti Minister of Public Works and Minister of State for Municipal Affairs Hossam Al-Roumi has resigned following intense flooding across the country that left at least one person dead, it was announced on Saturday.

According to Kuwait’s state-run KUNA news agency, Al-Roumi expressed “deep regret” in his resignation for damages to property and infrastructure that took place during the flooding.

“I have submitted by resignation to His Highness the Prime Minister bearing my moral responsibility and in line with His Highness the Prime Minister’s accountability approach,” he said in a statement.

In his resignation, Al-Roumi also said that he “exerted every effort to carry out my responsibilities in developing work, protecting public funds, combating corruption and working with my colleagues.”

One dead in flooding as heavy rains hit Kuwait

The Kuwaiti army and the national guard launched search operations as authorities set aside several locations to receive residents threatened by flooding

On Saturday, Kuwait’s Interior Minister denied social media rumours that multiple people have died and noted that only one flood-related death has been reported.

Additionally, forces from Kuwait’s army and national guard were deployed to help clear water from important facilities and from roads.

Kuwait’s parliament is expected to meet alter on Sunday to discuss the impact of the flooding, KUNA has reported.