Mercy Corps launches 2 projects to reduce flood risk

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Press Release — Mercy Corps started construction projects in Al Azraq and Wadi Musa in Al Zarqa and Maan governorates, to reduce flood risks in those areas, Mercy Corps said in a statement.اضافة اعلان

It said the projects are part of the Zurich Flood Resilience Alliance (ZFRA): Building Communities’ Flood Resilience project, and is funded by the Z Zurich Foundation.

The decision to execute the projects followed an assessment of both vulnerable communities using the innovative tool, Flood Resilience Measurement for Communities (FRMC), which revealed the need to focus on large-scale flood protection by strengthening the physical infrastructure in both communities.

On the project in Azraq, the statement said on September 22, Mercy Corps – in coordination with the Ministry of Public Works and Housing, and in collaboration with members of a committee from the local community in Azraq – started the culvert expansion project in the eastern city.

The project aims at increasing the capacity of transferring water from one side of the roadway to the other, reducing the risk of floods. Gama Engineering & Contracting Est is implementing the 60-day project, and once the work is completed, it will be handed over to the Directorate of Public Works in Zarqa.

On Wadi Musa, the statement said Mercy Corps signed a memorandum of understanding with the Petra Development and Tourism Region Authority (PDTRA) to execute a segment of a project designed by Al Mostaqbal Engineering and Environmental Consultants in Wadi Alsader.

The construction of seven check-dams will help in reducing the flow velocity generated from flash floods and allowing the sediments to settle out. On August 16, Alanbat Alarab contracting company started implementing the project, which will take 65 days to complete. After completion, it will be handed over to the PDTRA.

Additionally, Mercy Corps “offered an internship opportunity for recent civil engineering graduates from the same targeted communities. This internship will enable them to engage with the labor market by working on these construction projects during the implementation phase”, the statement said.

It said: “Mercy Corps’ Building Communities’ Flood Resilience project is working with 4 flood-prone communities, both urban and rural, to measure their resilience, develop interventions with the communities to address flood risks, advocate with the government to address these gaps, and take learnings from resilience measurements and interventions to share with the government and global level policy conversations focused on climate change and disaster risk reduction.”

“The program will also facilitate the development and training of community advocacy committees that will identify flood resilience support needs and advocate to local government stakeholders for better policies and investment,” the statement added.

“This participatory approach will equip communities with networks, platforms, and skills so they can actively engage with and influence local policies beyond the program period,” it concluded. 

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