An excavator is partially submerged in a stream of civilian defenders looking for missing people after rain storms released flash streams, in Madaba City, near Amman, Jordan, November 10, 2018. REUTERS / Muhammad Hamed
AMMAN (Reuters) – Twelve People However, in heavy rain and flooding in parts of Jordan on Friday, the authorities evacuated foreign tourists from the ancient city of Petra and other popular destinations, officials said on Saturday.
The country has recently been affected by floods and heavy falls. In the worst event, 21
people – mostly schoolchildren on a trip to the Dead Sea – were killed as heavy rains poured through valleys and deep gorges.
Over 3,500 visitors were taken to safe areas on Friday before flood floods flooded parts of the southern mountainous city of Petra known for its carved stone ruins, said government spokesman Jumana Ghunaimat.
The authorities banned all tourist journeys and declared an emergency in the Red Sea port of Aqaba further south, as the falls continued a few hours before they fell overnight.
The authorities said last Saturday that they had evacuated hundreds of families living in temporary tents in remote rural and desert areas and scattered settlements in villages in the southern parts of the country that were hit hardest.
The included families of Syrian refugees who work as shepherds and peasants, officials said.
Reporting of Suleiman Al-Khalidi; Editing Hugh Lawson
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