Monday, 10 December, 2018

Floods in Jordan kill 12, force tourists to flee Petra

Floods kill 7 in Jordan and force tourists to flee Petra Jordan flash floods: Seven killed and tourists evacuated from Petra
Deanna Wagner | 10 November, 2018, 17:59

Friday's downpour rolled across southern Jordan, claiming seven lives, including two children, government spokeswoman Jumana Ghneimat said on Friday.

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

She said that searches for missing people are ongoing.

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.

Flash floods in Jordan have killed at least seven people and forced the evacuation of almost 4,000 tourists from the ancient city of Petra.

State television said the waters had reached as high as four metres (13 feet) in parts of the red-rock ravine city of Petra and the adjacent Wadi Musa desert.

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.

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Divers have been searching for five people whose vehicle was swept away by floods in the Madaba area, southwest of the capital Amman.

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.

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

Ghneimat urged residents of the stricken areas and low-lying regions to evacuate their homes, saying that heavy rains were expected to continue to lash Jordan Friday night and Saturday.

Last week, Jordan's education and tourism ministers resigned after the deaths of 21 people, mostly schoolchildren on an outing, who were swept away in flash floods near the Dead Sea in late October, state media said.

The authorities said on Saturday they had evacuated hundreds of families living in makeshift tents in outlying rural and desert areas and scattered settlements in villages in the southern parts of the country that were hardest hit.

Jordan's ministry of education also ordered schools closed across the country on Sunday.