Four dead as heavy rains trigger flash flooding in Jordanian capital Amman

Four dead after flash flooding in Jordanian capital. Credit: APTN

Heavy rains triggered flash flooding in the Jordanian capital Amman killing four in the downpour.

The storms meant hundreds of people were stranded and cars submerged, as the floods wreaked havoc on roads and in people's homes.

US First Lady Michelle Obama was due to visit the city as part a tour of the Middle East, but cancelled and returned to Washington saying she was "disappointed" to cut the trip short due to bad weather.

The Jordan Times reported that four people, including two children, died on Thursday when flash floods caused by heavy rain sparked chaos in the city.

Cars were submerged. Credit: APTN

Jordan's Civil Defence Department (CDD) said the 12-year-old and six-year-old sons of an Egyptian janitor drowned in their basement apartment in Amman's Arjan area.

Floodwater entered the flat after the wall of three adjacent buildings in the neighbourhood collapsed, before CDD divers retrieved the bodies of the children.

Flats were flooded in the downpour. Credit: APTN

Earlier, the CDD had rescued 698 people and 305 vehicles from high water.