Heavy rains flood Doha and bring Qatar to near standstill

Qatar was hit by more than a year’s worth of rain in a matter of hours forcing schools and malls to close

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Qatar was hit by more than a year’s worth of rain in a matter of hours on Wednesday, almost bringing the country to a standstill and prompting the country's prime minister to order an inquiry.

The deluge in Doha blocked several roads, making some impassable for commuters and causing huge congestion.

Schools and malls closed, hotels were affected and the rain forced the U.S. embassy in Qatar to shut down.

Worst hit seemed to be the area around Doha’s Hamad International Airport, where almost 80 millimeters of rain fell, according to the Qatar Meteorology Department.

Social media users reported leaks at the facility, which opened just last year after being constructed at an estimated cost of $17 billion.

In response to the scale of the problems, Qatar’s Prime Minister Sheikh Abdullah bin Nasser bin Khalifa al-Thani ordered an investigation, said the official Qatar News Agency (QNA) saying those responsible for “flawed projects” could face possible prosecution.

As many as five unnamed companies could face prosecution, reported QNA, citing the government communications’ office.

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