Qatar launches probe after rains exposed poor construction
Motorists drive in a flooded street in the Qatari capital Doha following heavy rainfall on November 25, 2015.
Dubai - Qatar was hit by heavy flooding causing gridlock on the country's roads as well as closures of schools and the US embassy.
Qatar has launched an investigation after heavy rains exposed poor construction in the country set to host the 2022 FIFA World Cup.
The state-run Qatar News Agency says five firms are under investigation, without elaborating. The statement says the probe was launched by Prime Minister Shaikh Abdullah bin Nasser bin Khalifa Al Thani, who also serves as interior minister.
The report on Wednesday said that "parties responsible for dereliction or negligence, whether governmental or private, will be held accountable."
A year's worth of rain on Wednesday deluged Doha's Hamad International Airport, the home of Qatar Airways. The airport, which cost at least $15 billion to build, saw rain pour through at least one portion of its roof.
Rainwater also flooded streets and shut down some stores in Doha.