At least seven people were killed and dozens injured after flash floods caused by heavy rain hit tourist spots in Jordan’s ancient city of Petra on Friday, local officials and media said.
The floods forced authorities to evacuate hundreds of tourists to higher ground and close a World Heritage site known for carved rock ruins. There were conflicting reports on the number of casualties, ranging from seven to nine. More than 3,700 tourists were in the area.
(Ad Deir, the Monastery at the ancient Nabatean city of Petra on Oct. 16, 2016 in Petra, Jordan)[FIFA/Getty/Kyodo]
Those affected included 47 Japanese, who were later confirmed to be safe, Japanese officials there said. They consist of 45 tourists and two guides.
The floods were «almost like a tsunami,» a female Japanese tourist told Kyodo News over the phone.
The Japanese Embassy in Jordan is trying to confirm whether there were any other Japanese in the area.
Petra, an ancient city believed to date back to 9,000 BC, was designated a world heritage site by UNESCO in 1985.
On social media, Twitter user @miledemaile posted a video clip of the flooding in Petra.
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