Rainwater removed by drainage network pump stations since Saturday amounted to 700,000 cubic metres, equivalent to 280 Olympic-size swimming pools, the Public Works Authority (Ashghal) said in a tweet Sunday evening.
After Saturday’s spell of heavy showers, Qatar received light to moderate rain Sunday and some rain and strong winds are expected Monday as well.
In an earlier post on Twitter Sunday, Ashghal said it had withdrawn more than 3mn gallons of rainwater from Saturday until Sunday morning. The authority is keen to respond to reports pertaining to the withdrawal of accumulated rainwater as soon as possible, in co-ordination with the entities concerned, round the clock, it stressed.
Also, Ashghal informed that it had received about 340 reports of rainwater accumulation, 320 of which had been responded to. The call centre receives reports and inquiries on 188.
Since yesterday, #Ashghal has received about 340 reports of rainwater catchments, 320 of which have been responded to. The Call Center continues to receive reports and inquiries on the short number 188 around the clock. #RainPrep_Qatar #Qatar— هيئة الأشغال العامة (@AshghalQatar) October 28, 2018
On Saturday, the Ministry of Municipality and Environment said it had prepared contingency plans to deal with any situation arising from heavy showers in the country.
Meanwhile, the Qatar Met department Sunday tweeted that the chances of scattered rain would continue Monday, which might be accompanied by strong winds at times in some areas during the noon and evening.
The detailed forecast said the rain may turn thundery at times in both inshore and offshore areas, with the latter also likely to experience high seas.
The wind speed may go up to 36 knots offshore and 30 knots inshore during thundershowers, and the sea level may rise to 12ft.Last updated: October 29 2018 12:51 AM
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