Flash flood in Jordan sweeps away school bus, killing at least 18

Arturo Kim
October 26, 2018

At least eight students have been killed and 16 more are missing after flash floods swept away their bus near the Dead Sea in Jordan, officials say.

In April, 10 Israeli students were killed in a flash flood while on a hiking trip near the Dead Sea.

Israel Defense Forces (IDF) and Israel Air Force (AIF) helicopters were assisting the search and rescue operation following a request from the Jordanian government.

Rescue workers were continuing to search for survivors, he said. "The soldiers, led by the commanding officer of Unit 669, are assisting in locating the missing in spite of the adverse weather conditions", the statement said.

At least 18 people on a private school trip died in flash flooding near the Dead Sea.

At least 17 people, a lot of them children, were killed when their bus was swept away by flash floods near the Dead Sea in Jordan on Thursday, according to Jordanian emergency services.

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A major rescue operation was underway today after flash floods hit the area near Jordan's Dead Sea.

The Israeli military sent helicopters to help the Jordanian emergency services. Some of those rescued were in a serious condition.

Prime Minister Omar Razzaz was on the scene to oversee the rescue mission and visited the injured at an area hospital, Jordan's state news agency Petra said.

The premier also telephoned the Minister of Interior and Municipalities and minister of Public Works and Housing and discussed means on how to deal with the incident with maximum attention and speed, and to provide the necessary mechanisms and manpower for the safety of students, teachers and citizens in the region.

According to the officials, the death toll is expected to rise.

"The teachers tried to save the children but the floods intensity made it impossible", he added saying the children were swept to the shores of the Dead Sea, the lowest point on Earth.

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