Floods kill 7 in Jordan and force tourists to flee Petra

Lester Mason
November 10, 2018

Another is a rescue team member on duty in Dabaa, around 50km south of Amman.

In an earlier statement, Ghunaimat said two women and a girl were killed in Madaba province when their vehicle was swept away, adding that nine people were admitted to hospital, including some in critical condition.

Government spokeswoman Jumana Ghneimat said authorities had found alive four Israeli tourists who had gone missing in the Wadi Rum desert in southern Jordan but were looking for two more.

One of the killed is a 7-year old girl who died in Madaba.

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".

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.

In Petra, the ancient trade hub carved into rose-hued rocks, heavy rains began at around 1 p.m. Friday and last for about 40 minutes, said Rafael Dorado, 41, a tourist from Spain.


It broadcast footage showing people standing on both sides of the main road in Petra and along the desert highway trying to stay clear of the floods.

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. Trips to tourists sites have also been suspended.

It comes two weeks after 21 people, mostly children, drowned in a flash flood in the Dead Sea area.

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

Jordan's minister of water and irrigation, Raed Abu al-Saoud, said on Saturday that the country's 14 main dams had filled up by some 26 percent of full capacity in the past 48 hours because of the torrential rains.

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

Other reports by Iphone Fresh

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