Jordan flash floods kill 11 and force tourist evacuation of Petra

Jordanian civil defense members near the Dead Sea conduct a rescue mission after rain storms unleashed flash floods in Jordan

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

In the Mlaih district of the Madaba governorate, where a young girl was killed when her family's vehicle was swept away by flood waters, rescue teams and divers were on the scene searching for other missing people, Jordan's official Petra news agency reported. At least nine others have been wounded.

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.

Government spokeswoman Jumana Ghuneimat said at least two people remain missing, after Civil Defence units on Saturday said they rescued two and found the body of a third person in the Madaba region south of the capital of Amman, according to JNA.

Jordan has seen a series of deadly floods in recent weeks, including one in late October that swept away a school bus near the Dead Sea, killing 21 people, mostly schoolchildren.

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For his part, the Director of the Civil Defense of Ma'an Governorate, Salem Al Sarayrah, said that the weather conditions in Ma'an and Petra Governorates are very normal after the rains have stopped, pointing out that any emergency caused by rain storms is being dealt with.

Dozens were evacuated from the area.

Authorities declared a state of emergency in the Red Sea port of Aqaba further south as downpours started on Friday (November 9) afternoon. The government announced the closure of universities and schools on Saturday and mosques were opened to shelter civilians in areas hit by the floods.

In Petra, flood waters in some areas rose up to 4m (13ft), state TV reported.

He added that the floods in Petra are within their natural conditions and that the cadres of the Petra Commission are now working on counting tourists and evacuating them to their hotels, adding that the areas that have been exposed to the floods are: Wadi Musa and other areas, adding that the Desert Highway is open, under normal traffic conditions and with no reported accidents so far.

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