Heavy rains caused the flash floods and forced more than 3,500 international and local tourists to be evacuated from the tourist town of Petra in southern Jordan, according to Jumana Ghuneimat, Jordan's state media and government spokesman.
Persistent rains in the Daba'a region of southern Jordan also led to the closure of the desert highway in both directions, Ghuneimat said. A large number of vehicles were stranded when the freeway flooded and the traffic restricted those trying to leave.
In Mlaih district of Madaba Governorate, where a young girl was killed when the family's car was swept along by floods, rescue teams and divers were looking for other missing persons, reports Jordan's official Petra News Agency. The workers also tried to restore electricity in the communities where the generators malfunctioned, causing power outages.
Rescue operations continue in Jordan. So far, 60 people have been rescued and nine relocated to the Al-Nadeem Hospital in Madaba, Ghuneimat said. The authorities have also used a drone to search flooded areas for missing persons and to measure the damage caused by the storm.
While the search and rescue operations continue, Ghuneimat advised the public to exercise extreme caution and to take the weather conditions "very seriously".
She said that the Petra Development and Tourism Authority (PDTRA) has activated early warning systems by warning speakers and mosques about weather conditions and the importance of moving to flood plains.
The Jordanian Crown Prince Hussein bin Abdullah ordered the authorities to focus on efforts to rescue people caught in the floods.
Hassan Al-Qaiam, governor of Madaba, said the Mlaih region has not experienced any extreme flooding in recent years, according to Petra News Agency.