Floods kill 9 in Jordan, force visitors to high ground in Petra:
Flash floods caused by heavy rain across Jordan killed eight people and forced hundreds of tourists to seek higher ground in the kingdom’s ancient city of Petra, government officials and official media said. About two dozen people were hurt and dozens more evacuated from their homes in several areas of the kingdom as floodwaters rose. Amateur video posted online showed a powerful torrent rushing through the steep, narrow canyon through which visitors reach the Treasury, the main attraction of Petra, an ancient trading hub carved from rose-colored rock. Friday’s floods came just two weeks after 21 people, many of them middle school students, were killed in a flash flood near the Jordanian shore of the Dead Sea.