Dramatic video footage shows a desperate effort to save a family trapped inside a house as water cascades through a window in Amman. Heavy rainfall in the Jordanian kingdom resulted in severe flooding on Thursday morning.
The torrential downpour occurred on Thursday, November 5, and lasted only 45 minutes, but many homes, streets, and tunnels were flooded as water levels reached 40mm, according to meteorological sources.
Four people were killed, including three Egyptian nationals – two of whom were children.
The video shows a number of men trying to break a window of a basement to rescue the children trapped inside. Water can be seen streaming out of the building, with a group of children visible through the shutters. Eventually, one man manages to break the shutter with his hammer, and four children with their mother came pouring out of the house. “We did not fear for our lives but only thought of the kids inside the house,” he said afterwards in a video posted to Facebook. The group of children included a one-year-old, and the oldest was 12.