Published: 2018-11-01 22:07
Last Updated: 2018-11-02 00:50
Attorney Abd Al Monem Odat, head of the Parliamentary Inquiry Committee, discussed the preliminary investigations into the Dead Sea Disaster, at a press conference on Thursday, November 1, 2018.
The conference, held at the House of Representatives, was attended by: the ministers of Interior, Education, Health, Tourism, Water, and Public Works; the director of the Meteorological Department; the presidents of syndicates of Engineers, Geologists, and Construction Contractors; and the Head of the Forensic Division in the Ministry of Health.
The preliminary results to the investigation revealed negligence and complacency in the performance of some ministries. Odat added that "this led to some minister submitting their resignations during the investigation.”
Odat stated that tomorrow, Friday, a field investigation will inspect the Ma’in Dam to examine the rumors of a “technical malfunction” which led to the dam’s floodgates opening.
The committee then will study all available data on the Dead Sea Tragedy and write a detailed report about what took place on the night of the tragedy. The House of Representatives will then decide on the appropriate measures to be taken.
"The Parliamentary Inquiry Committee pledges to commit to the time limit set to finish the investigations. We stress that we will keep the public up-to-date with the proceedings of the investigations of the committee. We are also committed to submitting all of our recommendations to the Council within the specified deadline, who will hold accountable the ones who failed in their duties.”
Odat stressed that “this painful disaster should serve as a lesson for everyone who bears responsibility for the public, and to take current and future precautions in all aspects related to the life of the Jordanian citizen.”