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Floods, snowfall leave one dead, over 300 stranded

By Hana Namrouqa - Feb 02,2013 - Last updated at Feb 02,2013

AMMAN — Floods and heavy snowfall over the weekend resulted in the death of one man and left more than 300 people stranded, according to the Civil Defence Department (CDD).

Heavy rain and snow in the southern governorates between Wednesday and Saturday caused the formation of flash floods, in which a man in his seventies drowned, the CDD said.

“Floods in Dlaghah area in Maan Governorate swept away the man on Saturday morning. His body was transported to Queen Rania Al Abdullah Hospital,” a source at the CDD said.

Also Saturday, the CDD said that it rescued 263 people, who were stranded in the snow and trapped due to floodwater.

“Our personnel carried out 17 successful deliveries operations, water out of 31 houses that were inundated and transported 21 patients to hospitals for kidney dialysis,” the CDD added.

The country was affected by a depression on Wednesday and a cold air mass on Friday that brought heavy rain and snow to the mountainous areas in the northern and southern regions.

By Saturday morning, all the roads in the south were open to traffic, except for the Petra-Wadi Mousa-Shobak road, the Wadi Mousa-Athruh road and the Ayl road in Maan, which witnessed snow accumulation and heavy fog, a Public Security Department statement said.

In Aqaba, the Jordan Armed Forces constructed a temporary bridge in the Shamiyeh area late Friday as an alternative for the roads that were flooded until the Aqaba Special Economic Zone Authority solves the problem, the Jordan News Agency, Petra, reported.

Meanwhile, the Jordan Meteorological Department (JMD) forecast a rise in temperatures on Sunday as the impact of the cold air mass tapers off.

The weather is expected to be fair during the day and relatively cold at night between Sunday and Tuesday afternoons, with temperatures in the capital ranging between a high of 15°C-18°C and a low of 3°C-6°C, according to the JMD.

On Tuesday night, the country will be affected by unstable weather conditions which will cause a dip in temperatures and bring rain and thunderstorms, especially in the southern and eastern regions.

The unstable weather conditions are forecast to prevail until Thursday, when the weather will be partly cloudy and relatively cold, with a slight rise in temperatures expected on Friday, according to the JMD. 

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