Wednesday, 21 November, 2018

Jordan flash floods: Eleven killed and tourists evacuated from Petra

Residents and relatives of flood victims gather outside a hospital near the Dead Sea in Jordan Image Relatives of flood victims gather outside a hospital near the Dead Sea in Jordan during the October flood
Jeannette Daniel | 10 November, 2018, 13:34

Two women and a girl died in severe floods in Dabaa, and another girl died in Madaba.

Friday's floods came just two weeks after 21 people, many of them middle school students, were killed in a flash flood near the Jordanian shore of the Dead Sea. At least nine others have been wounded. Authorities have also deployed a drone to search flooded areas for missing people and gauge damage caused by the storm.

Rescue operations continue across Jordan.

A civil defence source told AFP that another child died in the Madaba area, also south of Amman, when the vehicle the child was in was submerged in water.

Friday's flash floods, caused by heavy rain, came two weeks after flash floods near the Dead Sea killed 21 people, a lot of them children.

Hundreds of Petra visitors ran for higher ground Friday as water surged through a narrow canyon leading to the Treasury, Petra's main attraction. authorities were forced to evacuate more then 3,700 tourists from the ancient city of Petra.

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The visitors were taken to safe areas before flash floods inundated parts of the mountainous city famed for its carved rock ruins, government spokeswoman Jumana Ghunaimat said.

Dozens were evacuated from the area.

Downpours also triggered a state of emergency in the port city of Aqaba.

He added that the floods in Petra are within their natural conditions and that the cadres of the Petra Commission are now working on counting tourists and evacuating them to their hotels, adding that the areas that have been exposed to the floods are: Wadi Musa and other areas, adding that the Desert Highway is open, under normal traffic conditions and with no reported accidents so far.

Rescue teams and helicopters are searching for five people whose auto was swept away in Madaba, south-west of the capital, Amman. Schools and universities across the Kingdom announced Saturday off due to the prevailing harsh weather.

Petra Development & Tourism Region Authority called on citizens to exercise caution and not to approach water and flood areas.

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