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Floods kill 7 in Jordan and force tourists to flee Petra

Jordan braces itself for severe weather conditions Floods kill 7 in Jordan and force tourists to flee Petra
Steven Clarke | 11 November, 2018, 06:31

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.

"Despite the challenging weather conditions, the 669 elite unit, along with a civilian rescue unit, rescued four civilians from the Wadi". He said some visitors were later evacuated by trucks and others made their way out on foot.

Those killed in the floods include two women and a girl who died in severe floods in Dabaa area in Al Jiza district, Minister of State for Media Affairs Jumana Ghunaimat said in a statement obtained by The Jordan Times Friday.

A civil defence source told AFP that another child died in the Madaba area, also south of Amman, when the vehicle the child was in was submerged in water.

Ongoing rainfall in the Daba'a region of southern Jordan also led to the closure of the desert highway in both directions, said Ghuneimat. He said he's never seen flooding of such intensity in the area.

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.

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Search teams were scouring valleys near the historic hill town of Madaba for a young girl who was still missing after Friday's floods, civil defence spokesman Iyad Amru told state television.

Authorities evacuated 3,762 tourists from the ancient city of Petra, an archeological site and key tourist destination in southern Jordan, amid the bad weather, Ghneimat said.

Saturday's reports came a day after floods struck in several areas of Jordan, including Petra, and the searches for missing people continue. Footage showed people on the city's main road trying to stay clear of the water.

Jordan's ministry of education also ordered schools closed across the country on Sunday.

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

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