10 killed, hundreds evacuated in Jordan rains

Amman: Ten people have were killed and hundreds, including tourists, have been evacuated due to flash floods caused by torrential rains in Jordan over the past 24 hours, the government said on Saturday.

Most of the floods hit the south of the country, including the ancient city of Petra, one of the Seven Wonders of the World, as well as the regions of Dabaa, Walih and Madaba, where a large number of tourists were rescued by the civil defence and the army, Jordanian Minister of State for Media Affairs, Jumana Ghunaimat said.

The Minister did not provide further details about the exact number of evacuees from those areas, reports Efe news.

Ghunaimat said that schools and mosques were equipped to receive nearly 1,100 evacuees who have been rescued.

On Friday, the Minister asked people living in low-lying areas and valleys to leave their homes, adding that all trips to tourist areas would be cancelled on Saturday.

The floods have struck as the country reeled from torrential rains two weeks ago which killed 21 people, most of them children, when their bus was swept away by torrent near the Dead Sea, one of the lowest points on earth.