Flash flood in Jordan kills 12

Miami Herald (Sunday) - - World - — AS­SO­CI­ATED PRESS


The death toll from flash floods in Jordan rose to 12 on Satur­day and the king­dom’s main tourist at­trac­tion, the an­cient city of Pe­tra, 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 reser­voir 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.

The tor­rents came two weeks af­ter 21 peo­ple, most of them chil­dren, were killed in flash floods near the Dead Sea. The tourism and ed­u­ca­tion min­is­ters re­signed over the Dead Sea flood­ing.

In Pe­tra, the an­cient trade hub carved into rose­hued rocks, heavy rains be­gan at around 1 p.m. Fri­day and last for about 40 min­utes, said Rafael Do­rado, 41, a tourist from Spain.

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