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12 dead in flash floods in Jordan

One girl yet remains missing after the floods on Friday

12 dead in flash floods in Jordan FILE PHOTO

By Laith Joneidi  


At least 12 people have been killed in flash floods across Jordan, a government spokeswoman said on Saturday.  

“Victims of bad weather in Jordan have risen to 12,” Jumana Ghunaimat said in a statement.  

She said a civil defense team diver was among those killed in the floods.  

Ghunaimat said three people, including two women and a girl, had been killed in Madaba province when their vehicle was swept away.  

According to the spokeswoman, 60 people were evacuated and nine were hospitalized, including some in critical condition.  

Flash flooding also hit the historic city of Petra as 3,760 tourists were evacuated from the severe weather, she said.  

Meanwhile, Madaba governor Hassan al-Qayyam said a missing girl had been found by rescuers in the province, according to the official Petra news agency.  

One girl, however, remains missing after the floods on Friday, the governor added.   

3 Israelis missing 

Three Israelis also have reportedly gone missing in Jordan amid heavy floods in the Arab country, according to the Israeli Foreign Ministry on Saturday.  

In a statement, the ministry said it had lost communication with the three during their visit to Wadi Rum in southern Jordan.  

The ministry said it is on communication with local authorities in Jordan to ensure the safety of the three Israelis.   

The Jordanian government, for its part, said authorities have found four Israelis, who had lost communication with their families following the floods.  

“Information about two other missing Israelis is not yet confirmed,” government spokeswoman Jumana Ghunaimat was quoted as saying by the official Petra news agency.  

Last month, at least 21 people were killed in a rash of severe flash flooding in Jordan’s western Dead Sea region.

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