Two Jor­da­nian min­is­ters re­sign over deadly floods

The Guardian (Nigeria) - - NEWS -

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.

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