Published: Sat, November 10, 2018
Worldwide | By Isabel Fisher

Jordan: Flash floods kill eleven and forced tourists to flee

Jordan: Flash floods kill eleven and forced tourists to flee

Friday's floods struck several areas of Jordan.

Two women and two young girls are believed to be among those killed.

She said that searches for missing people are ongoing.

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.

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.

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

The civil defence source said another child died in the Madaba area, also south of Amman, when the auto the child was in was caught up in waters.

Authorities declared a state of emergency in the Red Sea port city of Aqaba, also in the country's south, as heavy downpours started there in the afternoon.

The latest deaths come after Oct 25 flash floods in the Dead Sea region of the kingdom killed 21 people, majority children on a school trip.

To the east, three people were killed near Dabaa on the Desert Highway, one of Jordan's three main north-south arteries, while one was killed near Maan in the south.

Jordanian authorities are asking residents in low-lying areas to evacuate their homes and take refuge in neighboring schools immediately.

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.

Jordan's state news agency Petra quoted government spokeswoman Jumana Ghunaimat as saying that evacuations will be carried out in coordination with the local councils of municipalities and provinces, directors of public works and public security, and the civil defense.

The education ministry ordered schools closed nationwide on Saturday amid warnings of more heavy rains.

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