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Abu Dhabi, UAESaturday 15 December 2018

Death toll from Jordan floods rises to 13

Rescuers find body of 5-year-old who was swept away in a car

A member of Jordanian rescue team searches for missing people after flash floods in Madaba on November 10, 2018. AFP
A member of Jordanian rescue team searches for missing people after flash floods in Madaba on November 10, 2018. AFP

Jordanian rescuers on Monday found the body of a 5-year-old girl, raising the death toll from flash floods in the kingdom last week to 13.

Torrential rains swept the south of the country on Friday, forcing nearly 4,000 tourists to flee the desert city of Petra and causing damage to roads, homes and vehicles.

Authorities mobilised emergency services and the armed forces to assist people stricken by rising waters and search for those missing.

The five-year-old girl had disappeared in the Madaba region south of the capital Amman when the car she was in was swept away by flooding, the civil defence said.

The discovery of the girl's body raised the overall death toll since Friday to 13, including a diver for the emergency services, civil defence head Mustafa Al Bazaiha told state television.

Twenty-nine people have been injured, including four members of the civil defence and four from the security forces, he said.

Search operations that had been under way since Friday were now over, he added.

Bad weather has battered the region in recent days.

In Kuwait a man was killed on Saturday as he tried to rescue his family from their flooded home after heavy rains.

Last month flash floods in the Dead Sea region of Jordan killed 21 people, most of them children on a school trip, prompting the ministers of tourism and education to resign over failings in the government's response.

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