Madaba Governorate, Mercy Corps launch flood resilience campaign

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AMMAN — Madaba Governorate and Mercy Corps on Tuesday launched the “Rawafid” campaign under the project “Building Communities Flood Resilience in Jordan”, the NGO announced in a press statement.اضافة اعلان

The campaign is part of Mercy Corps’ efforts, with support from government and community counterparts, to raise the resilience and awareness of targeted Jordanian communities to better deal with torrential rains and floods.

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The campaign aims to implement a number of activities in the Main area that will alleviate floods and torrential rains during the winter. Mercy Corps, in coordination with the Civil Defense Department, will hold awareness sessions over a three-day period on how to evacuate, rescue, and provide first aid assistance, with sessions targeting the local community. Moreover, the organization aims to plant more than 250 forest trees over a two-day period, in coordination with the Madaba Agriculture Directorate, the Greater Madaba Municipality, and volunteers from the local community of the Main area. Trees will be planted on the sides of valleys and main roads to help prevent soil erosion during floods, the statement said.

The event, held under the patronage of Madaba Governor Nayef Al-Hedayat, was attended by Mercy Corps Country Director Kari Diener, government officials, and Main community representatives.

At the event, Diener said that the project guarantees a participatory work approach with members of the local community and official governmental bodies in order to mitigate the environmental and societal impact of the flood phenomenon.

In his speech, Governor Hedayat stressed the importance of this type of project and the pivotal role it plays in addressing flash floods in winter. He also praised Mercy Corps in supporting projects that build the resilience of local communities.

For his part, Mayor of Madaba Ahmed Al-Zuhair shed light on the most important severe effects caused by floods to the environment, infrastructure, services, and others, as these effects constitute 60 percent of the economic losses of the state, according to the statement.

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