Jordan hit by new deadly floods

Residents and relatives of flood victims gather outside a hospital near the Dead Sea in Jordan

Residents and relatives of flood victims gather outside a hospital near the Dead Sea in Jordan

Government spokeswoman Jumana Ghneimat said the highway was cut in both directions.

In the Mlaih district of the Madaba governorate, where a young girl was killed when her family's auto was swept away by flood waters, rescue teams and divers were on the scene searching for other missing people, Jordan's official Petra news agency reported.

Authorities said Friday search was ongoing for several missing persons in Madaba governorate.

The death toll from flash floods unleashed by heavy rains in Jordan has risen to 11, according to local media, and forced authorities to evacuate more then 3,700 tourists from the ancient city of Petra.

Jordanian army troops deployed helicopters and armoured vehicles to help search for the missing and assist residents threatened by the floods, state television reported.

Among those confirmed dead after torrential rains swept the south of the kingdom were six people found in the Madaba area southwest of the capital Amman.

A spokesman for the Civil Defense Iyad al-Amro, told Al Arabiya that members of the Civil Defense were searching for three other missing members of the surviving child's family.

The deaths come more than two weeks after October 25 floods in the Dead Sea region of Jordan cost 21 lives, a lot of them children on a school trip.

Severe floods on Friday hit Maan governorate, Wadi Mousa area, Petra, Madaba and other areas in Jordan following heavy rainfall across the Kingdom.

Authorities banned all tourist trips and declared a state of emergency in the Red Sea port city of Aqaba further south as downpours continued for a few hours before subsiding overnight.

It broadcast footage of tourists sheltering on high ground on both sides of the access road to Jordan's biggest attraction.

Jordan's education and tourism ministers resigned last week after the deadly school-bus accident in the flood-hit Dead Sea region.

He said several shops near the Petra visitors' centre were badly damaged by flooding.

Jordan's ministry of education also ordered schools closed across the country on Sunday.

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