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Jordan flash floods: Seven killed and tourists evacuated from Petra

Jordan flash floods: Seven killed and tourists evacuated from Petra

Flash floods killed seven people in Jordan on Friday, the government and civil defence said, adding that five more people were missing.

Government spokeswoman Jumana Ghuneimat said two dozen people were injured and dozens more evacuated as homes were flooded in several locations. Rescuers continued the search for missing people around the Wala reservoir in central Jordan on Saturday.

Heavy downpours triggered the flash floods, forcing more than 3,500 worldwide and domestic tourists to be evacuated from the tourist city of Petra in southern Jordan, according to Jumana Ghuneimat, Jordan's minister of state for media affairs and government spokeswoman.

Jordanian army troops deployed helicopters and armoured vehicles to help search for the missing and assist residents threatened by the floods, state television reported.

Another is a rescue team member on duty in Dabaa, around 50km south of Amman.

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.

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It comes two weeks after 21 people, mostly children, drowned in a flash flood in the Dead Sea area.

State television said the waters had reached as high as four metres (13 feet) in parts of the red-rock ravine city of Petra and the adjacent Wadi Musa desert.

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.

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. The tourism and education ministers resigned over the Dead Sea flooding.

Thousands of persons were rescued from various disaster areas, including hundreds of tourists in Petra, she said.

Jordan's ministry of education announced that schools across the country would be closed on Sunday.


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