AMMAN — The past several days of heavy rain and flooded streets brought out some of the best of Jordanian humour on social media sites.
“Prices of apartments in Amman have gone up! They are overlooking the sea,” Dana Ibrahim said on Facebook on Tuesday.
Amal Ahmad, another Facebook user, said tourists can now go swimming and diving without ever leaving Amman.
“The capital’s streets turned into free swimming pools,” Ahmad said in a comment making fun of the city’s flooded roads.
Traffic jams occurred in various parts of the capital and elsewhere in the Kingdom on Monday and Tuesday after heavy rainfall blocked streets and tunnels and clogged manholes and culverts.
Citizens frustrated with the traffic, which made their commutes take as much as 10 times longer than normal, took it out on officialdom by posting jokes and fake news headlines on social media.
Ahmad, for example, reported on her Facebook timeline that a Range Rover car had hit a jet ski on the Amman-Zarqa highway.
“Traffic police in Amman were replaced with lifeguards,” she joked.
Some others posted fake pictures on Facebook and Twitter showing sharks, whales and penguins in Amman’s streets. One photo making the rounds on Facebook on Tuesday showed a beach with the capital skyline in the background.
Another purported to advertise seaside vacations in the Amman suburb of Sweileh.
Several Twitter users urged residents to observe “snow rituals,” which include buying tonnes of bread and watching the news in the hope that the government will announce a public holiday.
Others started calling the past three days of foul weather “Hurricane Wadha”, a traditional bedouin name.
A Twitter user called Rawan said Amman should become the Venice of the Middle East, predicting a boom in the glass-bottom boat business in the capital.
Medhat, another Twitter user, posted a fake news item saying the Greater Amman Municipality had floated a tender to buy boats to enable residents to get around town.
Other commentaries, however, were less mirthful.
Bana Sayeh, a Twitter user, tweeted that inundated roads in Amman were a clear indication of corruption and mismanagement in the country.
“After seeing the flooded streets in Amman, one would think that it was the first time it had rained in Amman,” Ayman Issa said in a tweet on Tuesday.