Heavy downpours triggered the flash floods, forcing greater than 3,500 worldwide and home vacationers to be evacuated from the vacationer metropolis of Petra in southern Jordan, in accordance with Jumana Ghuneimat, Jordan’s minister of state for media affairs and authorities spokeswoman.
Ongoing rainfall within the Daba’a area of southern Jordan additionally led to the closure of the desert freeway in each instructions, stated Ghuneimat. Numerous autos had been left stranded because the freeway flooded and visitors trapped these trying to go away.
Within the Mlaih district of the Madaba governorate, the place a younger lady was killed when her household’s automobile was swept away by flood waters, rescue groups and divers had been on the scene trying to find different lacking individuals, Jordan’s official Petra information company reported. Employees had been additionally attempting to revive electrical energy to communities the place rainfall brought on mills to malfunction, leading to blackouts.
Rescue operations proceed throughout Jordan. Up to now, 60 individuals have been rescued and 9 transferred to al-Nadeem hospital in Madaba, Ghuneimat stated. Authorities have additionally deployed a drone to go looking flooded areas for lacking individuals and gauge injury brought on by the storm.
As search and rescue operations proceed, Ghuneimat suggested the general public to train excessive warning and to cope with the climate situations in a “very severe method.”
She stated the Petra Improvement and Tourism Area Authority (PDTRA) activated early warning methods through the use of audio system and mosques to warn concerning the climate situations and the significance of shifting away from flooding areas.
Jordan’s Crown Prince Hussein bin Abdullah directed authorities to deal with advancing efforts in rescuing these trapped by the floods.
Hassan Al-Qaiam, governor of Madaba, stated the Mlaih space has not skilled excessive flooding in a few years, in accordance with the Petra information company.
The flooding comes two weeks after 21 individuals — most of them college kids on a subject journey — misplaced their lives in flash floods. The incident angered many Jordanians and led to the resignation of two authorities officers — the minister of tourism and the minister of schooling.