Flood-hit vehicle owners can€™ seek compensation

Flood-hit vehicle owners can€™ seek compensation

mohdnoor
By mohdnoor

Insurance experts advise that the  owners of Wednesday’s flood-hit vehicles can approach the Public Works Authority (Ashghal) or the Ministry of Municipality and Urban Planning for compensation.

Talking to Al Arab, a section of Insurance advisors said the vehicle owners are not eligible for claiming compensation for their damaged vehicles as natural calamities are not covered udner the existing automobile insurance policy in Qatar.

Dozens of motorists were stranded on Salwa Road underpass following Wednesday’s flood. 

“The owners of the damaged vehicles can legally approach Ashghal or the ministry for compensation, as both are primarily responsible for the flooding of the underpass,” the daily quoted an expert as saying.

It said the sewage network linking Salwa Road and Abu Hamour was supposed to open to the sea. Though, the Salwa Road and Abu Hamour networks were linked, the network that opens to the sea was not in operational, which led to the flooding of the underpass.

“Either Ashghal or the ministry must own up the responsibility for the mess. The owners can approach either,” Al Arab quoted another expert as saying. 

The flooding has raised the question whether insurance companies must cover natural calamities like floods in Qatar.

Meanwhile, Al Sharq said Ashghal had put a system in place to store storm water temporarily in the Salwa Road network. Ashghal had been perfectly draining it out during rainy days. However, the process went haywire on Wednesday because of the unprecedented downpour, it said.

Mishaal Al Dahnim, an engineer, said the contracting company must be held responsible for the maintenance of damaged vehicles.

However, he said in terms of traffic management, the Salwa Road is one of the best.

Fawaz Al Ansi, another expert, said the flooding raised serious questions about designing and executing road projects.

“Qatar must tighten its scrutiny on government projects. They must be subjected to rigorous inspection and continuous monitoring during phases of execution before rushing to inaugurate them,” he said. 

Source

By da_ruru• 8 years 1 month ago.
da_ruru

The best calculation is let someone lead the way, just like those drivers who opted to watch and wait. But in that scenario, I will not choose to lead.

By nijam4u• 8 years 1 month ago.
nijam4u

of course , the one with a normal working brain can easily calculate the water levels !

By Honza• 8 years 1 month ago.
Honza

You can't tell the water level from a distance, by the time you get there ,it could be too late and the water level is already above your car exhaust level.

By Galinda• 8 years 1 month ago.
Galinda

Lol da_ruru. Maybe now someone should add to the car manuals - "this is a car, not a boat. Do not use it to cross deep water."

By da_ruru• 8 years 1 month ago.
da_ruru

"If it's not written in the car manual, it doesn't mean it can."

By Galinda• 8 years 1 month ago.
Galinda

If someone drives willingly into 50cm of water, then I think we can assume that they know less than a contractor, and a baker, and a gardener, and a 5 year old child.

By BOXBE16DOBARA• 8 years 1 month ago.
BOXBE16DOBARA

Da..were the contractor aware about this before making these tunnels...for sure the driver is not that knowledgeable than the contractor

By da_ruru• 8 years 1 month ago.
da_ruru

@BB were they able to utilize the only option they opted?

By BOXBE16DOBARA• 8 years 1 month ago.
BOXBE16DOBARA

If driver mistake then how will he pass the tunnel...it is like one way with no option

By nijam4u• 8 years 1 month ago.
nijam4u

Although there was a technical issue from the planning side, the driver's stupidity and inability to take some mature decision resulted in spoiling their own cars.The funniest thing is that the government is trying to prove that the mistake is not of those stupid drivers !

By Galinda• 8 years 1 month ago.
Galinda

That's ridiculous. So I can just drive my car into deep water, and when the car is cancelled I go and complain to Ashghal? These people don't deserve compensation for their own stupidity. Anyone with a brain knows that you can't drive a car through deep water.

By jma83• 8 years 1 month ago.
Rating: 2/5
jma83

Neither insurances nor ashghal should be responsible for damaged vehicles by the flood. The driver is the sole responsible for damaging his own car by driving through the high level water. He could have stopped instead of going through the flooded area which was visibly impossible to drive through by regular cars.

By da_ruru• 8 years 1 month ago.
da_ruru

But the flood was already visible when the car continued to pass. It was wrong judgement I presume.

Log in or register to post comments

More from Qatar Living

Qatar's first Eid festival to take place this Eid ul Fitr

Qatar's first Eid festival to take place this Eid ul Fitr

Qatar Tourism announces the first ever Eid Festival to take place from 3-5 May
An evening at Souq Waqif

An evening at Souq Waqif

The most traditional spot in Qatar is none other than Souq Waqif. Let's explore a series of things you can do there!
Restaurants in Qatar to Visit For Eid 2022

Restaurants in Qatar to Visit For Eid 2022

Finding a suitable restaurant during Eid can be challenging, that's why these few picks will not let you down, and provide you the right space (and right food) for your Eid gatherings
Where to get traditional outfits for Eid 2022

Where to get traditional outfits for Eid 2022

Whether it is traditional jalabiyas and abayas for women or the thobe and ghutra for men, there are many shops that cater to this requirement. Here’s where you can shop for traditional Indian and Arab clothing for Eid 2022 in Qatar.
List of Salons for Eid 2022

List of Salons for Eid 2022

Get yourself pampered by enjoying the services of the best salons in Doha
Favorite Henna Artists for Eid 2022

Favorite Henna Artists for Eid 2022

It's that time of year, when the anticipation for Eid Al Fitr is building up along with Henna appointments from all across the region.
9 activities to plan your Eid 2022 vacation in Qatar

9 activities to plan your Eid 2022 vacation in Qatar

This Eid 2022 vacation, explore a variety of outdoor and indoor activities that you can do with your friends and family in Qatar.
5 beaches in Qatar to visit on Eid 2022

5 beaches in Qatar to visit on Eid 2022

We’ve compiled a list of five beaches you can visit for Eid 2022 and enjoy a pleasant afternoon or evening on the Eid weekend.