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Posted On: 18 April 2013 10:19 am
Updated On: 12 November 2020 02:12 pm

Qatar can handle any kind of emergency, says police chief

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The Permanent Emergency Committee has stressed its full readiness to effectively deal with emergencies at any time and place. In an interview with Qatar News Agency (QNA) yesterday, the Public Security Director General Staff Maj Gen Saad bin Jassim Al Khulaifi reassured Qatar’s citizens and residents that the committee is ready to handle emergencies of all kinds. Thanks to coordination between members of the committee from the state’s concerned institutions, the committee has effective programmes and appropriate and systematic plans needed to spare Qatar effects and consequences of such disasters — natural or otherwise, he said. Al Khulaifi said Monday’s earthquake in Iran and subsequent tremors in the region did not result in any material damage or lose of lives in Qatar. There was a sense of tremor but no one was affected and no losses were sustained, he said “Regardless of how big these incidents are, we in Qatar are ready for every emergency now and in the future.” The police chief said the police force received calls on the emergency line on the morning of the earthquake, and vehicles of the rescue police (Al Fazaa), traffic, internal security force (Lekhwiya), and civil defence started patrolling streets. In addition to urgent procedures these authorities took, Al Khulaifi said they raised the level of readiness to deal with any incident. The Ministry of Interior’s Public Relations Department was instructed to send clear messages on social websites, including Facebook and Twitter, to reassure the public. The Peninsula