Jordan flash floods: Seven killed and tourists evacuated from Petra

Blanche Robertson
November 11, 2018

At least 11 people were killed and dozens were injured on Friday after floods ripped several areas of the Kingdom, the government said Friday.

Separately, Israel's public radio said contact had been lost with three Israeli tourists in southern Jordan.

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

Friday's floods came two weeks after flash floods near the Dead Sea killed 21 people, majority children. Trips to tourists sites have also been suspended.

The latest downpours hit the south of the desert kingdom claiming seven lives, government spokeswoman Jumana Ghneimat said.

A civil defence source told AFP that five other people were missing.

Roya's reporter in Petra said that the Madaba-Theeban road is now closed due to the high water levels in the area and the flooding due to the heavy rainfall in Madaba.

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In one incident in a village in the Madaba region, south of the capital of Amman, flooding swept away a vehicle carrying members of one family, Civil Defense officials said.

The Jordanian government also evacuated 90% of valleys inhabitants in the governorate of Mafraq and sent planes, boats, and soldiers to help in the search operations for missing residents.

Authorities evacuated 3,762 tourists from the ancient city of Petra, an archeological site and key tourist destination in southern Jordan, due to the bad weather, Ghneimat said.

Amateur video posted online showed a powerful torrent rushing through the steep, narrow canyon through which visitors reach the Treasury, the main attraction in Petra, an ancient trading hub carved from rose-colored rock.

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

She said more heavy rain was expected on Saturday and residents in affected areas were being urged to evacuate their homes.

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