Heavy flooding in Jordan: 12 killed, 3 Israeli tourists missing

Heavy rains and flooding killed at least twelve people in Jordan, more than 3,700 tourists evacuated.

By JERUSALEM POST STAFF, REUTERS
November 10, 2018 12:06
Heavy flooding in Jordan: 12 killed, 3 Israeli tourists missing

Civil defense members look for missing persons after rain storms unleashed flash floods, in Madaba city, near Amman, Jordan, November 10, 2018.. (photo credit: MUHAMMAD HAMED / REUTERS)

 
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The Foreign Ministry is examining reports that three Israelis currently traveling in Wadi Rum, Jordan, are missing after heavy floods inundated the area, Channel 13 reported.

The Israeli consul in Jordan is in communication with local authorities to ensure their safety.

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Heavy rains and flooding killed at least twelve people in Jordan and forced authorities to evacuate more than 3,700 tourists from the ancient city of Petra on Friday, officials said.

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

Authorities declared a state of emergency in the Red Sea port city of Aqaba further south as downpours started in the afternoon.

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

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