Flash floods killed nine people in Jordan on Friday, the government and civil defense said. Israeli Ministry on Saturday. But…
Flash floods killed nine people in Jordan on Friday, the government and civil defense said. Israeli Ministry on Saturday.
But after being in contact with Jordanian authorities, a later update by a spokesman for the foreign ministry said that “all Israelis in Jordan have contacted us. All of them were found.”
Israel Defense Forces (IDF) said that its search and rescue team deployed with an Israel Air Force (IAF) helicopter was able to locate and rescue the civilians.
“Despite the challenging weather conditions, the 669 elite unit, along with a civilian rescue unit, rescued four civilians from the Wadi. One of the civilians had been evacuated to the hospital for medical treatment while the three other civilians did not need any medical attention, “the IDF statement said Saturday.
It added that IAF helicopters were additionally working to find civilians who were swept away in Nahal Arod in southern Israel.
The bad weekend weather also saw about 3,700 tourists evacuated by the
The latest downpours in the Dead Sea region of Jordan cost 21
lives, most of them children on a school trip.
The latest downpours
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] that five other people were missing.
“Heavy rainfall in the Dabaa region (south of Amman) prompted the closure of the desert highway in both directions after the area was flooded,” said
The civil defense source said another child died in the Madaba area, also south of Amman, when the car was in was caught up in waters.
“Rescuers are searching for five people who are missing in that area,” the source said.
Jordanian army troops deployed helicopters and armored vehicles to help search for the missing and assisted residents threatened by the floods , state television reported.
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.
State television said that flood water in the red-r ock city of petra and in some areas of the nearby Wadi Mussa desert had risen to between three and four meters high and flooded the main roads.
It broadcast footage showing people standing on both sides of the main road in Petra and along the
Jordan’s ministry of education also ordered schools closed on Sunday.
Ghneimat urged residents of the stricken areas and low-lying regions to evacuate their homes, saying that heavy Jordan’s education and tourism ministers resigned last week after the deadly school bus accident in the flood-hit Dead Sea region.
Jordan’s education and tourism ministers resigned last week after the deadly school bus accident in the flood-hit Dead Sea region.