Updated: 12/5/2018 4:40:57 AM
The death toll from flash in rose to 12 on Saturday and the kingdom‘s main tourist attraction, the ancient city of , was closed for cleanup after what local officials said was the biggest deluge in the area in decades.
Friday‘s floods struck several areas of Jordan. Rescuers continued the search for missing people around the Wala in central Jordan on Saturday. In the southern town of Maan, authorities opened a shelter for dozens of people whose homes were surrounded by water.
In all, 12 people were killed, including two children and a diver who had been involved in rescue efforts, according to state media and Jordanian government spokeswoman Jumana Ghuneimat. Two of the bodies were found on Saturday.
Updated: 12/4/2018 3:32:57 AM
At least four people were killed on Friday in floods caused by heavy rains in Jordan, officials said. The flooding forces authorities to evacuate more than 3,700 tourists from the ancient city of Petra, they added.
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. She said several people are missing and that searches are continuing.
Authorities declared a state of emergency in the Red Sea port city of Aqaba further south as downpours started in the afternoon.
Published Sunday, December 2, 2018
In ancient times, Arab tribesmen dug diversion tunnels to protect their low-lying trading post of Petra against desert flash floods.
More than two millennia later, an alarm system warns visitors if flood water rushes toward what has become Jordan’s main tourist attraction.
Earlier this month, the alarms were activated for the first time, said Hussein Al-Hasanat of the Petra Development & Tourism Region Authority.
Sirens blared minutes before a torrent fed by heavy rains approached the UNESCO World Heritage site carved into rose-hued rock face.
Hundreds of tourists were able to seek higher ground and were later evacuated, he said.
Elsewhere in Jordan, such alarms are still missing. Thirty-four people were killed in flash floods in late September and early November.
Jordan flash floods Facts
Affected Area: 10 km.
Alert Level: Orange