11 killed by floods in Jordan, Petra tourists evacuated

Citizens in Jordan and across the country have been warned to stay away from valleys and low areas

"All of them were found".

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

Friday's floods came just two weeks after 21 people, many of them middle school students, were killed in a flash flood near the Jordanian shore of the Dead Sea.

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.

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.

A major highway that links Amman with the south was also closed.

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Roya's reporter in Petra said that the Madaba-Theeban road is now closed due to the high water levels in the area and the flooding due to the heavy rainfall in Madaba.

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 Jordanian military said that that it has sent soldiers and helicopters to assist in search operations.

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

The visitors were taken to safe areas before flash floods inundated parts of the mountainous city famed for its carved rock ruins, government spokesperson Jumana Ghunaimat said.

It broadcast footage of tourists sheltering on high ground on both sides of the access road to Jordan's biggest attraction. 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.

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