At least nine people, including a young girl, were killed as flash floods engulfed multiple cities in Jordan on Friday, a government official said.
Flash floods in Jordan have killed at least seven people and forced the evacuation of almost 4,000 tourists from the ancient city of Petra.
"Rescuers are searching for five people who are missing in that area", the source said. A large number of vehicles were left stranded as the highway flooded and traffic trapped those attempting to leave.
The latest deaths come after October 25 flash floods in the Dead Sea region of the kingdom killed 21 people, majority children on a school trip.
In a statement on Saturday, the army said that it provided shelter for more than 100 Syrian and Jordanian civilians in a military academy in the Maan governorate to protect them from the floods.More news: Prima Games is shutting down after 28 years
Politicians and members of the public criticised the emergency services for being unprepared and two ministers were forced to resign due to negligence.
Hundreds of tourists visiting Jordan's ancient city of Petra have been moved to higher ground after the flash floods in several locations.
The visitors were taken to safe areas before flash floods inundated parts of the mountainous city famed for its carved rock ruins, government spokesperson Jumana Ghunaimat said.
Dozens were evacuated from the area.
Authorities declared a state of emergency in the Red Sea port of Aqaba further south as downpours started on Friday (November 9) afternoon.More news: F1 Issues Warning Over Silverstone's Future Of Hosting British Grand Prix
Ongoing rainfall in the Daba'a region of southern Jordan also led to the closure of the desert highway in both directions, said Ghuneimat.
Ghunaimat says several people are missing and that searches are continuing.
Floodwaters in Petra and in some parts of the nearby Wadi Mussa desert had risen to nearly four metres high and innudated the main roads, Jordan's state television reported.
More rain is expected on Friday night and Saturday, and schools have been opened to evacuees and those affected by the floods.More news: Death toll from Somalia hotel attack rises to 39