Body of 5-year-old missing in Madaba floods found, search ends

Amman, Search and rescue teams on Monday found the body of a five-year-old girl who has been missing since flash floods triggered by heavy rain hit Madaba and other central and southern regions on Friday, according to the Civil Defence Department (CDD).

That raised the death toll to 13, including a civil defence diver, Hareth Al Jabour, in the massive floods, which also injured 28 other people.

Civil defence response teams and divers, in cooperation with the Jordan Armed Forces, Public Security and Gendarmerie Forces, located the child, who went missing after flash floods swept the car of her family in Rashidiyeh in the Madaba Governorate, CDD Director General Maj. Gen. Mustafa Bazayea said.

Six family members, who were picking olives when the storm struck, also died in the incident.

Bazayea said that over the last four days, rescue and search crews have secured thousands of people who were stranded by the floods in Dabaa, Waleh, Mleih, Wadi Mousa, Petra and Wadi Shueib.

Over 500 CDD members, backed by rescuers from security agencies, have been scouring a 30-KM area from Rashidiyeh Bridge through to Wadi Heidan, along with a search team near the Dead Sea, in their attempt to find the girl, he said.

He said Civil Defence boats and the Royal Navy extended the search near the Dead Sea as Royal Air Force aircraft and drones also joined in the operation.

The CDD Chief thanked all official agencies and citizens who worked in a joint effort to find the child despite the rough terrain and landslides.

Source: Jordan News Agency