Gov’t Address Amman Building Collapses

تم نشره في Sat 21 January / Jan 2017. 01:00 AM
  • Interior Minister Ghaleb Zoubi presides meet over building collapses in Jofeh, East Amman - (Petra)

AMMAN — Prime Minister Hani Mulqi said Saturday a survey should be conducted of all ramshackle buildings in Amman as a first step for comprehensive surveys in the rest of the Kingdom.

The premier called Interior Minister Ghaleb Zoubi to carry out the surveys on cracked buildings on the verge of collapse in the capital as the minister chaired a meeting to discuss the aftermath of building collapses in the Amman district of Jabal Joufeh on Thursday and Friday.

The meeting was attended by HRH Princess Sumaya Bint Al Hassan, president of the Royal Scientific Society, the Ministers of municipal affairs, public works and housing, social development, transport and environment as well as the mayor of Amman and other officials.

Zoubi stressed that construction permits should strictly adhere to specifications and regulations, and called for reinvigorating the Jordanian National Building Council and enforce its decisions.

He commended the promptness of response teams in dealing with the building collapses, in which no injuries were reported, and their efforts to rehouse dozens of families which were made homeless in new apartments and provide them with the necessary accommodation and supplies.

Princess Sumaya said the RSS had carried out an assessment of the condition of buildings and whether they meet the safety standards to prevent such incidents. She said poor drainage at the site in Jabal Joufeh was one of the reasons behind the collapses, adding that the RSS was drawing up the national strategy for disasters and crises that defines the responsibilities of all entities and institutions involved in crises management.