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Army asked to help in reopening roads, offering relief
Jan 10,2013 - Last updated at Jan 10,2013
AMMAN – His Majesty King Abdullah late Wednesday instructed the army and other security forces to support efforts by the government and local administrations in the governorates in carrying out their duties during the current severe weather conditions, according to the Jordan News Agency, Petra.
The agency said the army was asked to help in reopening roads blocked by snow and floods and offering relief aid and any needed rescue services.
Snowfall and heavy rainfall over the past days blocked major highways and roads around the Kingdom and left many motorists stranded.
By Wednesday morning, many of the roads were still blocked by snow and frost formation with temperatures dipping to below freezing point.
A blizzard that has paralysed life in Jordan will start to abate Sunday, but the weather will remain severely cold with frost and accumulated snow that has reached almost half a metre in some areas still blocking many of the country's roads.
A blizzard that brought life in Jordan to a standstill for almost two days started to subside early Thursday, but frost formation was expected to cripple many parts of the country during the evening and early hours of Friday.
The Kingdom welcomed the snowstorm with an official holiday, roadblocks, traffic accidents and power outages, prompting authorities to work around the clock to deal with the resulting emergencies.
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