Gov't announces its Dead Sea incident measures

20-03-2019 04:34 PM

Ammon News - AMMONNEWS - The government on Wednesday announced measures it has implemented based on recommendations of the technical, Royal and parliamentary committees to investigate the Dead Sea incident last November, in which dozens of children and young people died and others were injured due to floods that hit the area.

The announcement was made during a press conference held by Minister of Higher Education and Scientific Research,Walid Maani, Interior Minister Samir Mubaideen, Minister of State for Media Affairs and the Government Spokesperson Jumana Ghuneimat, Minister of Tourism and Antiquities Majd Shweikeh, Health Minister Ghazi Al Zaben, Minister of Public Works and Housing, Falah Al-Omoush.

The Ministers highlighted key measures that have been implemented by relevant Ministries and Government entities based on recommendations received from the three committees to avoid repeating such incidents.

Maani said the Ministry of Education has worked on organizing school trips through issuing amendments to the instructions of trips, reconsidering article 6 of the Education Law.

The Civil Defense Department is currently establishing a diving site on five dunums to train divers on rescue missions on-site, as well as a tender for the purchase of boats, equipment and related advanced devices, added the Interior Minister.

Ghunaimat, for her part, said committees that were formed in the Dead Sea disaster made recommendations that were implemented in accordance with Royal directive to the Government.

Shweikeh noted that her Ministry has reviewed the legislation governing tourism in Jordan, including foundations and terms of valleys tourism, which are currently processed, in order to develop these instructions, and achieve public safety.

Al-Omoush said his Ministry has worked on training its cadres in the field of aid and emergency and has increased the number of doctors in this specialization to strengthen coordination with civil defense cadres in case such accidents could occur and work in advance on classifying injuries so that the necessary treatment would be provided depending on the nature of the situation.

In October 2018, torrential rains swept away a group of students and teachers visiting hot springs in the Dead Sea area, leaving some 20 people dead and others injured.

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