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Blizzard wipes out 1,500 trees at Al-Hussein Youth City

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In previous storms, areas like Ajloun and west Irbid were most affected, but in this storm, Amman was impacted the most. (File photo: Ameer Khalifeh/Jordan News)
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AMMAN — Snowfall, not habitual to Jordan’s climate, was much anticipated and brought excitement and joy to many, but it also brought a slew of unfortunate incidents, hazards to lives and property, and expansive damage to trees, most unfortunately to decades-old trees in the Al-Hussein Youth City premises, where an estimated 1,500 trees fell victim to the blizzard as it wiped out a considerable amount of existing green spaces.  اضافة اعلان

Minister of Agriculture Khaled Hneifat and Minister of Youth Mohammad Nabulsi were at the Youth City on Saturday to inspect the full extent of the damage on the forest areas that were affected by high winds and heavy snow. 

According to Nabulsi, the ministries of youth and agriculture are steering their efforts and resources to address the harm on the City’s green spaces. 

Nabulsi said a campaign, sponsored by the government, will soon be launched in collaboration with youth initiatives to plant some 5,000 trees in the City’s premises to refurbish the forest areas. 

Spokesperson for the Ministry of Agriculture Lawrence Majali told Jordan News, that the exact number of trees that have been damaged across the country remains undetermined at present, and the full extent of losses are still being surveyed by the Ministry. “It is also difficult to pinpoint an exact estimate of the financial losses incurred,” he said

Majali said that sports facilities and densely forested areas were particularly vulnerable to the recent severe weather conditions. He said the ministry is working in close collaboration with the Greater Amman Municipality to trim broken branches and restore affected areas.”

With weather reports forecasting more cold fronts in February, Majali said that the Ministry “will be prepared for any challenge.” He said the ministry has an emergency department that responds to emergency conditions and is fully equipped with the necessary machinery. 

“When we look at the impact of harsh weather on trees and on forests, I prefer to assess the damage in terms of years rather than money, as some of the forest trees that were damaged last week have been standing for over fifty-five years. Replacing these trees will cost a lot of time” said environmentalist and head of Dibbeen for Environmental Development, Hala Murad.

According to Murad, the Ministry of Agriculture has received over 700 complaints about fallen trees. In previous storms, areas like Ajloun and west Irbid were most affected, but in this storm, Amman was impacted the most.

Greater Amman Municipality media spokesperson Nasser Rahamneh affirmed that the municipality has been working diligently since Saturday to lift off damaged trees, especially those obstructing streets and pathways. “We have resolved nearly 95 percent of the problem,” he said.


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