In a country like Jordan, ranked as the world’s second water-poorest country, rainfall should be a blessing. But it has proved to be not always so. Only 40 minutes of non-stop heavy rain has recently caused flooding across Amman, leaving four people dead and dozens homeless and trapped. It was a wild scene in the mountainous capital, resembling massive floods in Bangladesh, Laos and other flat countries in South Asia. That is not at all an exaggeration because four days ago, Amman looked like it had Venice’s water-traffic corridors.
Amman is a city of asphalt with an old, rusty and inefficient drainage system –a recipe for floodingRaed Omari