Jordan: Flash floods kill eleven and forced tourists to flee

Jordan: Flash floods kill eleven and forced tourists to flee

Jordan: Flash floods kill eleven and forced tourists to flee

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.

Ongoing rainfall in the Daba'a region of southern Jordan also led to the closure of the desert highway in both directions, said Ghuneimat.

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.

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.

At least 11 people were killed and dozens were injured on Friday after floods ripped several areas of the Kingdom, the government said Friday.

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The latest downpours hit the south of the desert kingdom claiming seven lives, government spokeswoman Jumana Ghneimat said.

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.

Ghunaimat says several people are missing and that searches are continuing.

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

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Hundreds of Petra visitors ran for higher ground Friday as water surged through a narrow canyon leading to the Treasury, Petra's main attraction.

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. Trips to tourists sites have also been suspended.

She said more heavy rain was expected on Saturday and residents in affected areas were being urged to evacuate their homes.

Two weeks ago, 21 people - mainly children - died after their bus was swept away during a school outing.

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