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Thousands of tourists evacuated from Petra after to flooding in historic city

Thousands of tourists have reportedly been evacuated due to dramatic floods in the historic city of Petra in Jordan.

Journalist Aaron Magic, who shared video of water sweeping through Petra, wrote: "After Dead Sea flooding two weeks ago killed 21 Jordanians, the country is facing today more intense flooding in Petra."

And Zaid Benjamin, also a journalist, posted that 3,500 tourists had been evacuated.

The city is believed to date back to 9,000BC, and has been described by "one of the most precious cultural properties of man’s cultural heritage".

It is known as the Red Rose City because of the colour of its stone.

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In 2007 Petra was announced as one of the new Seven Wonders of the World, and has become popular as a tourist destination.

But Jordan has suffered with intense flooding in recent weeks.

Last month at least 19 people, the majority of them children, died when a bus was swept away close to the Dead Sea.

King Abdullah reportedly cancelled a trip to Bahrain in order to follow the rescue operations.

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