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Flash floods force evacuations from Jordan's iconic Petra

Over a thousand tourists have been evacuated from Jordan's historical city of Petra as floods engulfed the area.
A tourist poses for a photo near the site of the Treasury at the ruins of the ancient Nabatean city of Petra in southern Jordan on on December 12, 2022. (Photo by KHALIL MAZRAAWI/AFP via Getty Images)

An estimated 1,700 visitors were evacuated from Jordan's iconic archeological site Petra on Monday following floods that covered the ancient archeological site according to the Petra Development and Tourism Region Authority.

Petra is located about 30 kilometers (19 miles) northwest of Ma’an. According to Ammannet, Ma'an governorate recorded 66 millimeters of precipitation as of Tuesday morning. Footage spreading on social media shows water washing into the entrance of Petra’s rock temple and a bus tipped over by torrential rainwater.

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