Two Jordanian ministers resign over deadly floods
JORDAN'S King Abdullah II has accepted the resignations of two ministers in the aftermath of the deadly floods that struck the country's Dead Sea region last month.
In a decree, the king accepted the resignations of Tourism Minister Lena Annab and Education Minister Azmi Mahafzeh, according to a statement issued by the Jordanian Royal Court yesterday.
On Thursday, Annab announced that she would leave her post via Twitter.
"In light of the current political and general climate, and the painful time our beloved country is going through, I have handed in my resignation today as Minister of Tourism and Antiquities, and I will be leaving it to the Prime Minister to do what he deems fit. May God bless Jordan and its great people under the honorable Hashemite leadership," the minister said.
In another decree, the Jordanian monarch appointed Justice Minister Bassam Samir Talhouni as acting education minister and Minister of State Majd Shwekeh as acting tourism minister.
The resignation of the two ministers came as a result of popular and parliamentary pressure on the government after the floods disaster, which killed at least 21 people and injured dozens.
WITH the deaths of 12 people in Sicily, the death toll in Italy's historic flooding has grown to 29, the country's interior minister said.
"Twelve dead in Sicily, people that were having dinner and were swept up by the water," Interior Minister Matteo Salvini said in a statement to the press in the northern region of Veneto.
Nine of the people were members of two families dining together when the house was submerged by water from a nearby river that overflowed suddenly, the Fire Brigade said on Twitter.
The Fire Brigade said on Twitter that its divers had found the bodies. Among the victims were two children, 1 and 3 years old.
The Civil Protection Agency said it's still looking for a doc- tor who had been on his way to work at a hospital Saturday night and is now missing.
High winds and heavy rain have devastated parts of the country over the past week, causing the worst flooding in at least a decade in Venice, damages of more than 1 billion euros in Veneto and landslides that have cut off villages, authorities said.