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At least 9 people killed in Jordan floods

Heavy drops triggered flash flows, forcing more than 3500 international and domestic tourists to evacuate from the tourist town of…

Heavy drops triggered flash flows, forcing more than 3500 international and domestic tourists to evacuate from the tourist town of Petra in southern Jordan, according to Jumana Ghuneimat, Jordan’s Prime Minister for Media and Government Spokesman.

Running precipitation in the Daba region in southern Jordan also caused the desert to be closed highway in both directions, said Ghuneimat. A large number of vehicles were left when the highway was flooded and traffic caught those who tried to leave.

In the Mlaih district of Madaba, where a young girl was killed when her family car was taken away by flood water, teams and divers rescued each other and searched for other missing people, reported Jordan’s official Petra news agency. Workers also tried to restore electricity to communities where precipitation caused generators, resulting in blackouts.

Rescue operations continue throughout Jordan. So far 60 people have been rescued and nine were transferred to Al-Nadeem Hospital in Madaba, Ghuneimat said. The authorities have also used a drone to search flooded areas to miss people and meters caused by the storm.

As search and rescue actions continue, Ghuneimat urged the public to be extremely careful and address the weather conditions in a “very serious way.”

She said that the Petra Development and Tourism Region Authority (PDTRA) activated early warning systems by Use speakers and mosques to warn about weather conditions and the importance of moving from flood areas.

Jordan Crown Prince Hussein bin Abdullah directed the authorities to focus on developing efforts to save those caught by the floods.

Hassan Al-Qaiam, Governor of Madaba, said the Mlaih area has not experienced extreme floods for many years, according to Petra’s news agency.

At least 19 people, including schoolchildren on a field trip, were killed by flashflows near Jordan’s Dead Sea area last month.

CNN’s Hande Atay Alam, Jomana Karadsheh and Kareem Khadder contributed to this report.

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