Monday, 10 December, 2018

Killed in Jordan Flash Floods; Tourists Flee Ancient City of Petra

Jordan braces itself for severe weather conditions Floods kill 7 in Jordan and force tourists to flee Petra
Jeannette Daniel | 11 November, 2018, 06:33

Israel initially confirmed the report but in a later update a spokesman for the foreign ministry said that "all the Israelis in Jordan have contacted us".

"Despite the challenging weather conditions, the 669 elite unit, along with a civilian rescue unit, rescued four civilians from the Wadi".

The torrents came two weeks after 21 people, a lot of them children, were killed in flash floods near the Dead Sea. He said some visitors were later evacuated by trucks and others made their way out on foot.

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

In the Dabaa area, also south of Amman, two women and a girl were killed in the floods which also forced the closure of a desert highway.

Government spokeswoman Jumana Ghuneimat and civil defence officials say the death toll rose early on Saturday, after another body was found in the Madaba region south of the capital of Amman.

She said that searches for missing people are ongoing. The Jordanian military said that that it has sent soldiers and helicopters to assist in search operations.

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Dr Suleiman Farajat, Chief Commissioner of the Petra Authority, said the city itself had fortunately not suffered that much damage.

Hundreds of tourists visiting Jordan's ancient city of Petra have been moved to higher ground after the flash floods in several locations.

It broadcast footage of tourists sheltering on high ground on both sides of the access road to Jordan's biggest attraction.

Citizens in Jordan and across the country have been warned to stay away from valleys and low areas and to remain indoors in case of heavy rain, and to only leave their homes if they really need to.

Jordan's ministry of education announced that schools across the country would be closed on Sunday.

Jordan's education and tourism ministers resigned last week after the deadly school-bus accident in the flood-hit Dead Sea region.

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