Heavy rains, flooding kill 12 people in Jordan

Heavy rains, flooding kill 12 people in Jordan

But after being in contact with Jordanian authorities, a later update by a spokesman for the foreign ministry said that "all the Israelis in Jordan have contacted us".

Another is a rescue team member on duty in Dabaa, around 50km south of 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 downpour rolled across southern Jordan, claiming seven lives, including two children, government spokeswoman Jumana Ghneimat said on Friday.

The Jordanian civil defense rescued a young girl and recovered the body of her sister after heavy flash floods swept their father's vehicle in the Malih area of the governorate of Madaba, while 11 others were injured in different areas of the country. Rescuers continued the search for missing people around the Wala reservoir in central Jordan on Saturday.

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.

He added that the Petra Commission is working to evacuate tourists from inside Petra and transfer them to hotels according to the emergency plan, stressing that the operating rooms and the concerned authorities are following up on the situation.

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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.

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

Flash floods killed 11 people in Jordan and forced almost 4,000 tourists to flee the famed ancient desert city of Petra, emergency services said on Saturday (Nov 10).

Hundreds of Petra visitors ran for higher ground on Friday as water surged through a narrow canyon leading to the Treasury, Petra's main attraction. Footage showed people on the city's main road trying to stay clear of the water.

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

Jordan's education and tourism ministers both resigned last week over failings in the government's response to those floods.

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