Flash floods in Jordan kill seven people

Jordan has once again been hit by heavy floods. Pic AHMAD ATWAH JORDANIAN TOUR GUIDE

Jordan has once again been hit by heavy floods. Pic AHMAD ATWAH JORDANIAN TOUR GUIDE

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.

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

The death toll from flash floods unleashed by heavy rains in Jordan has risen to 11, according to local media, and forced authorities to evacuate more then 3,700 tourists from the ancient city of Petra.

Civil defence divers searched for five people whose auto was swept away by floods in the Madaba area, southwest of the capital, state news agency Petra said.

Friday's downpour rolled across southern Jordan, claiming seven lives, including two children, government spokeswoman Jumana Ghneimat said on Friday.

A civil defence source told AFP that another child died in the Madaba area, also south of Amman, when the auto the child was in was submerged in water. Authorities have also deployed a drone to search flooded areas for missing people and gauge damage caused by the storm.

Downpours also triggered a state of emergency in the port city of Aqaba.

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The southern part of Jordan witnessed flash floods due to torrential rain, especially in the areas of Maan, Wadi Musa, Petra tourist city, and the provinces of Madaba and al-Balqa.

"One of the civilians was evacuated to the hospital for medical treatment while the three other civilians did not need any medical attention", the IDF statement said Saturday.

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. Jordan's tourism and education ministers resigned after the incident.

In Petra, the ancient trade hub carved into rose-hued rocks, heavy rains began at around 1 p.m. Friday and last for about 40 minutes, said Rafael Dorado, 41, a tourist from Spain.

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

Designated a UNESCO world heritage site in 1985, Petra draws hundreds of thousands of tourists a year to its rock-hewn treasury, temples and mausoleums.

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