Jordan flash floods: Seven killed and tourists evacuated from Petra

Postado Novembro 10, 2018

In the Mlaih district of the Madaba governorate, where a young girl was killed when her family's auto 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.

She said two women and a child were among those killed in the floods.

"Rescuers are searching for five people who are missing in that area", the source said.

Rescue teams and helicopters are searching for five people whose auto was swept away in Madaba, south-west of the capital, Amman.

The Jordanian army deployed helicopters and all-terrain vehicles to help with search and rescue operations after floodwaters cut off the Desert Highway in both directions.

Flash floods killed 11 people in Jordan and forced almost 4,000 tourists to flee the famed ancient desert city of Petra, emergency services said on Saturday (Nov 10).

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

Videos posted on social media networks showed torrents of water gushing through the canyons, and local reports claimed the floods stirred a panic among tourists visiting the area.

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.

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.

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.

Cadres of the Petra Directorate managed to secure 3,500 tourists from the "unprecedented" flash floods that raided Wadi Musa, on November 9, 2018, according to Petra District Director, Sultan Al Madi. There was a public outcry last month after 18 children on a school trip were swept away, leading to the resignation of the country's education and tourism ministers.