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Emergency floods fund is set up

MANAMA: Bahrain has allocated BD400,000 to an emergency fund to prevent a repeat of flooding which caused misery to householders and motorists last week.

It will help ensure 50 tankers remain on permanent standby to keep key roads and highways clear at all times.

Bahrain's first major downpour of the winter caused flooding in large parts of Manama, Isa Town, Sanabis and Riffa.

"Fifty tankers will be enough, but we can ask for more if needed. The budget of BD400,000 is more than enough," said Municipalities and Urban Planning Affairs Ministry Under-Secretary Dr Nabeel Abu Al Fateh.

He was speaking after being summoned to an extraordinary meeting at the Central Municipal Council yesterday to discuss the country's progress on waterproofing government homes.



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