Jordan opens shelter as flash flood death toll climbs to 11

Residents and relatives of flood victims gather outside a hospital near the Dead Sea in Jordan

Government spokeswoman Jumana Ghneimat said authorities had found alive four Israeli tourists who had gone missing in the Wadi Rum desert in southern Jordan but were looking for two more. "One of the civilians was evacuated to the hospital for medical treatment while the three other civilians did not need any medical attention", the IDF statement said Saturday.

Friday's floods came two weeks after 21 people, including middle school students, were killed in flash floods near the Dead Sea.

A civil defence source told AFP that another child died in the Madaba area, also south of Amman, when the auto the child was in was submerged in water.

The Jordanian civil defense rescued a young girl and recovered the body of her sister after heavy flash floods swept their father's vehicle in the Malih area of the governorate of Madaba, while 11 others were injured in different areas of the country.

A civil defence spokeswoman told AFP news agency on Friday that a child was among the seven people killed by floods in the Dabaa region, south of Amman. They said searches for the missing are continuing. The Jordanian military said that that it has sent soldiers and helicopters to assist in search operations.

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Citizens in Jordan and across the country have been warned to stay away from valleys and low areas and to remain indoors in case of heavy rain, and to only leave their homes if they really need to.

Authorities evacuated 3,762 tourists from the ancient city of Petra, an archeological site and key tourist destination in southern Jordan, amid the bad weather, Ghneimat said.

Amateur video posted online showed a powerful torrent rushing through the steep, narrow canyon through which visitors reach the Treasury, the main attraction in Petra, an ancient trading hub carved from rose-colored rock.

Jordan's education and tourism ministers both resigned last week over failings in the government's response to those floods.

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