Heavy Rain Brings Flash Flooding to Ancient Jordanian City

Heavy rains and torrents of floodwater prompted the evacuation of Jordan’s famed archaeological site at Petra on Monday, December 26.

Footage by Raphael Limontas shows floodwaters gushing near al-Khazneh (The Treasury), one of Petra’s most popular attractions. At least one person is seen being pulled from the water.

The Petra Development and Tourism Region Authority said on Tuesday that clean up efforts were underway and that tourist visits to the site continued as usual.

Petra was the capital of the pre-Roman Nabatean Kingdom and was first settled in prehistoric times, according to the Jordanian government. In 1985, it was listed as a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Credit: Raphael Limontas via Storyful