AMMAN, Jordan | Floods kill 9 in Jordan, visitors seek high ground in Petra

AMMAN, Jordan | Floods kill 9 in Jordan, visitors seek high ground in Petra

AMMAN, Jordan— Flash floods caused by heavy rain across Jordan killed nine people Friday and forced hundreds of tourists to seek higher ground in the kingdom’s ancient city of Petra, the government spokeswoman said.

About two dozen people were hurt and dozens more evacuated from their homes in several locations in the kingdom, as flood waters rose rapidly.

Amateur video posted online showed a powerful torrent rushing through the steep, narrow canyon through which visitors reach the Treasury, the main attraction in Petra, an ancient trading hub carved from rose-colored rock.

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