PDTRA evacuates visitors from Petra due to heavy floods

Authorities close major roads due to falling rocks, plume dust

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AMMAN — The Petra Development and Tourism Region Authority (PDTRA) evacuated visitors from Petra as heavy downpours flooded the archeological site.اضافة اعلان

According to Amman Net, the evacuations came to ensure the safety of visitors.

Water from surrounding mountains poured down into the rose-red city as heavy rains poured in the south of the Kingdom.

Three injured in Maan rain-related bus accidentAn official source stated that three people were injured after a coaster bus tipped over due to torrential rain in the Maan governorate south of the Kingdom.

Maan's main emergency operations center said the bus was washed up by torrential rain on the road to the Al-Hussein Bin Talal University.

The university released a statement shortly after the incident occurred, suspending classes due to the unsafe weather conditions, the Jordan News Agency, Petra, reported.

Director of the Jordan Meteorological Department Raed Khattab told Petra earlier today that the southern governorates could expect the most precipitation.

Dead Sea routes to Aqaba, Karak closed  Also on Monday, downpours from rainwater blocked the road between the Dead Sea and Aqaba governorate.

The Public Security Directorate (PSD) said that the competent authorities were dealing with landslides and rock collapses around the Dead Sea Panorama road due to heavy rains.

The Wadi Al-Qamr Road in Russeifa and another road heading to Ghor Safi have also been precautionarily closed because of high water levels.

Ministry of Public Works and Housing teams, in cooperation with PSD, also closed the Dead Sea–Karak Road due to mud, falling rocks, and dust due to heavy rainfall.

These measures, said the ministry, are precautionary and temporary.

Competent teams were sent to remove all obstacles from the road.

PSD advised people to avoid low-lying areas, valleys, and flood streams and to move to areas higher to high-lying areas.

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