Death Toll in Jordan Flood Rises to 13 After Girl's Body Found

The girl was found a day after her father and four of her sisters — also flood victims — were buried, state news agency reports

Jordanian rescue teams search for missing persons following flash floods in the city of Madaba on November 10, 2018.
AFP

Jordanian search teams have found the body of a five-year-old girl, bringing the death toll from last week's flash floods in the kingdom to 13.

The state news agency Petra says the girl was found Monday, a day after her father and four of her sisters — also flood victims — were buried.

Flash floods in Jordan

Petra says the girl was discovered by searchers in a valley in the Madaba district, south of the capital, Amman.

On Friday, flash floods unleashed by heavy rains struck several areas of Jordan, including the kingdom's main tourist attraction, the ancient city of Petra. All visitors were evacuated safely from Petra, but the flooding claimed lives elsewhere.

Two weeks earlier, 21 people, most of them children, were killed in flash floods near the Dead Sea.