Jordan: Flash floods kill eleven and forced tourists to flee

Lester Mason
November 11, 2018

Flash floods killed 12 people in Jordan and forced almost 4,000 tourists to flee the famed ancient desert city of Petra, emergency services said on Saturday.

But after being in contact with Jordanian authorities, a later update by a spokesman for the foreign ministry said that "all the Israelis in Jordan have contacted us". They said searches for the missing are continuing.

Among those confirmed dead after torrential rains swept the south of the kingdom were six people found in the Madaba area southwest of the capital Amman. Authorities were forced to evacuate more then 3,700 tourists from the ancient city.

The torrents came two weeks after 21 people, a lot of them children, were killed in flash floods near the Dead Sea.

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.

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

The visitors were taken to safe areas before flash floods inundated parts of the mountainous city famed for its carved rock ruins, government spokesperson Jumana Ghunaimat said.

In Wadi Musa, the town next to Petra in southern Jordan, water surged from nearby mountains into a dry riverbed running through the community.

A major highway that links Amman with the south was also closed.

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.

About two dozen people were hurt and dozens more evacuated from their homes in several locations in the kingdom, as flood waters rose rapidly.

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.

Other reports by Iphone Fresh

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