21 tourists rescued in snowstorm-hit Tafileh

Tafileh, Civil Defense Department (CDD) rescue teams in the Governorate of Tafila evacuated 21 foreign tourists who were stranded on roads in a snowstorm that hit the southern region on Friday.

CDD Director of Tafileh Lt. Col. Osama Al-Kasrawi told Petra in an interview that the visitors were taken to safety in the Bseira District and other areas south of Tafileh.

He said rescue crews also dealt with 20 medical emergencies, including kidney dialysis cases, as well as a fire at a passenger bus in Ein Al Beida and towing vehicles.

Emergency response teams in Tafileh had reopened highways and roads struck by snow accumulations by yesterday evening, but some roads in the region were still closed today due to freezing and thick fog that reduced visibility to below zero, according to Tafileh Governor HusamTarawneh.

The highlands of Qadisiyah, Rashadiyah, Hala, Ain Al-Beida, Al-Eis and parts of Tafileh city have witnessed snow accumulations of 5-10 centimeters in the last two days, he said, adding that armed forces’ personnel, heavy machinery and snow plows were called in to help in the rescue effort.

Source: Jordan News Agency