Flash floods in Jordan kill at least 7

Blanche Robertson
November 10, 2018

In the Mlaih district of the Madaba governorate, where a young girl was killed when her family's auto was swept away by flood waters, rescue teams and divers were on the scene searching for other missing people, Jordan's official Petra news agency reported.

Search teams were scouring valleys near the historic hill town of Madaba for two young girls still missing after Friday's floods, civil defence spokesman Iyad Amru told state television in an update. At least nine others have been wounded.

Flash floods caused by heavy rain across Jordan killed seven people Friday and forced hundreds of tourists to seek higher ground in the kingdom's ancient city of Petra, government officials and official media said.

Jordanian army troops deployed helicopters and armoured vehicles to help search for the missing and assist residents threatened by the floods, state television reported.

Rescue operations continue across Jordan.

The latest deaths come after October 25 flash floods in the Dead Sea region of the kingdom killed 21 people, majority children on a school trip. The visitors were taken to safe areas before flash floods inundated parts of the mountainous city famed for its carved rock ruins, government Ms Ghunaimat said.

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Ma'an Governor, Ahmad Al Amoush, told Jordan News Agency (Petra) that the floods raided a number of areas after heavy rainfall, and added that some roads have raided by floods.

Dozens were evacuated from the area.

Authorities declared a state of emergency in the Red Sea port of Aqaba further south as downpours started on Friday (November 9) afternoon.

Five people have already been confirmed dead in the area southwest of the capital Amman after torrential rains swept the south of the kingdom.

University and schools have been closed and mosques opened to shelter civilians in areas hit by the floods.

Floodwaters in Petra and in some parts of the nearby Wadi Mussa desert had risen to nearly four metres high and innudated the main roads, Jordan's state television reported.

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