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Flash floods in Jordan kill 11

IANS  |  Amman 

At least 11 people have been killed in floods unleashed by heavy rain in and more than 3,700 tourists have been evacuated from the ancient city of

Floods struck several areas of on Friday, including as well as the regions of Daba'a, Walih and Madaba, where a large number of tourists were rescued by the civil defence and the Army, said Jordanian

Ongoing rainfall in Daba'a led to the closure of the desert highway in both directions. A large number of vehicles were left stranded as the highway flooded and trapped those attempting to leave, reported.

Rescue operations continued across on Saturday. So far, 60 people have been rescued and nine transferred to in Madaba, Ghuneimat said.

Authorities also deployed a drone to search flooded areas for missing people and gauge the damage caused by the storm.

Ghuneimat urged the public to "exercise extreme caution and to deal with the weather conditions in a very serious manner".

She said the Development and Tourism Region Authority activated by using speakers and mosques to warn about the weather conditions and the importance of moving away from flooding areas.

Jordan's directed authorities to focus on advancing efforts in rescuing those trapped by the floods.

The flooding came two weeks after 21 people -- most of them school children on a field trip -- lost their lives in floods.

The incident angered many Jordanians and led to the resignation of two government officials -- the



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First Published: Sat, November 10 2018. 16:24 IST