A Federal Foreign Office Spokesperson issued the following statement today (26 October) on yesterday’s flash flood to the southwest of Madaba near the Dead Sea, that claimed the lives of at least 20 people, including many children and teenagers:
We are deeply saddened by the tragic news from Jordan. Our thoughts are with the families and friends of the victims and with all those who fear for the lives of their relatives. We hope that the rescue teams will make rapid progress and particularly welcome the support from Israel in the search and rescue.
We share the grief of the Hashemite Kingdom of Jordan. Germany stands ready to provide help at short notice as required and upon request.
The Federal Foreign Office is currently supporting Jordan via a joint capacity-building project by the Federal Agency for Technical Relief that has been allocated some 1.5 million euros in funding. The goal is to establish and strengthen voluntary civil-defence and disaster-reduction structures.
Jordan is an important partner and a guarantor of stability in a volatile region. Despite limited resources and capacities, it has taken in a large proportion of refugees from the conflict in Syria, thus demonstrating great humanitarian responsibility.