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MPs demanding investigation for the devastation by rain


Five lawmakers yesterday filed a petition demanding a broad investigation into who is responsible for the devastation caused by heavy rains that lashed the country two days ago, resulting in heavy damage. MPs Mohammad Al-Dallal, Riyadh Al-Adasani, Osama Al-Shaheen, Omar Al-Tabtabaei and Majed Al-Mutairi demanded that the National Assembly’s public utilities panel be assigned to launch a comprehensive probe into this matter.

They said the panel should probe the ministries of public works and electricity and the public roads authority or any other concerned government agency for failure to make the necessary preparations for the rainy season. They gave the committee two months to prepare a comprehensive report on the issue to be debated by the Assembly, which should take the necessary actions after that.

The lawmakers demanded in their petition that the committee find out who is responsible for the failure to make the necessary preparations and also the reasons for what happened. They said the committee should also review the outcome of previous similar investigations, especially those formed in 2015 and last year and why the authorities did not implement recommendations made by those investigations.

They demanded that the committee investigates how authorities dealt with recommendations made by the Assembly after an underpass submerged in Mangaf last year following heavy rains. The investigation should include all contractors and maintenance companies that the ministry of public works hired for road and sewage network projects over the past three years, and the violations and remarks made by supervisory bodies over such contracts and works.


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