Updated: 11/10/2018 9:50:33 AM
At least 21 people were killed, 35 injured and an unknown number of others are missing after an intense storm brought strong winds, heavy rain and hail to most of Jordan this week. Flash flood in Zarqa-Maeen Valley, whose water channels into the Dead Sea, had surged for up to 5 km. This is Jordan's first heavy rainfall of the 2018/19 rainy season (November - March). The death toll is expected to rise.
Published Saturday, November 10, 2018
According to state media and Jordanian government spokesman, Petra is closed for cleanup after 'biggest deluge in the area in decades.' Authorities said the site will remain closed on November 10.
Heavy rain began around 13:00 LT, November 9 and lasted for about 40 minutes, a tourist from Spain told AP. In some areas, floodwaters rose up to 4 m.
Floods killed 12 people, including two children and a diver involved in rescue efforts, the government spokesman said Saturday.
The event comes just two weeks after 21 people drowned in a flash flood in the Dead Sea area. Though the final cause of death was drowning, all of the victims suffered from broken bones and other injuries because they were hit by huge boulders as they were being swept away by the flash flood.
Jordan flash floods Facts
Affected Area: 10 km.
Alert Level: Orange