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'Landslide did not affect Mujib Dam'

By Hana Namrouqa - Feb 16,2013 - Last updated at Feb 16,2013

AMMAN — The Jordan Valley Authority (JVA) on Saturday said that a recent landslide close to the Mujib Dam in Karak Governorate didn't affect the safety of the reservoir.

The landslide occurred some 100 metres south of the dam on Friday, blocking a service road leading to a few farms in the area, JVA Secretary General Saad Abu Hammour said.

"The landslide took place following a depression last week that brought heavy rain to the southern region," Abu Hammour added, noting that the JVA dams' safety committee examined the location and the Mujib Dam to detect any potential hazards.

"The committee concluded that the landslide didn’t affect the dam, although it holds its full capacity of 20 million cubic metres (mcm). The Mujib Dam is safe," Abu Hammour underscored.

The JVA official said the panel groups a specialised team of experts who inspect the safety of the dams and carry out regular maintenance work throughout the year.

"The committee inspects the safety of dams, and evaluates their storage conditions as well as preparedness to receive rainwater and floods. It carries out annual maintenance during September and October of each year," Abu Hammour noted.

The committee issues certificates and reports about the safety and preparedness of each dam following inspection, he added.

"We assure the public that the dam is safe," Abu Hammour highlighted.

Dams, though expensive to construct, are one of the main ways the country relies on to secure its water needs. The Kingdom’s 10 major dams are: the King Talal, Wadi Al Arab, Sharhabil, Kafrein, Wadi Shuaib, Karameh, Tannour, Waleh, Mujib and Wihdeh.

According to JVA figures, storage at the dams now stands at 56 per cent of their total capacity of 325mcm.

"The dams currently hold 186mcm of their total capacity," Abu Hammour said.

In statements to the press, the JVA official said this year's rainy season brought excellent amounts of water, underscoring that the last time the country witnessed a similar wet season was in 2003.

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