Amman, Prime Minister Omar Razzaz on Thursday received two reports on the flashfloods that severely damaged shops and businesses in downtown Amman late February.
The first report was conducted by a technical firm commissioned to identify the reasons that led to the flooding, while the second was handed in by a technical team from the Greater Amman Municipality (GAM).
Razzaz referred the two reports to a government committee to evaluate their content, stressing the need to identify and address the shortcomings that caused the incident.
He also underscored that the government is aware of the damage to merchants and property in the downtown Amman area and will hold accountable any official or authority proven to have neglected their duty.
The government committee consists of the interior, water and industry ministries, and the GAM among other entities.
For further investigation, these ministries were instructed to review the reports’ results and follow up on the recommendations made and hand in a final report of the reasons of the flooding and shortcomings, if there are any, as soon as possible.
On their preliminary findings, the technical firm’s report said the extreme downpour Amman witnessed was not behind the floods that occurred on February 28th, but the heavy rainfall triggered a problem in the drainage system in the capital.
On the other hand, GAM’s report concluded that the heavy downpour exceeded the capacity of the underground drainage system below Quraysh street, adding the system was fully-functioning and that there were no blockages before, during, nor after the February 28th.
Source: Jordan News Agency