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Published Sunday, October 28, 2018
At least 18 people have been killed and many more injured when torrential rains swept away a group of students and teachers touring in a bus near the Dead Sea, Jordan's military said.
Official news agency Petra said 37 students from a private school, along with seven adults, were swept into a valley when heavy rains unleashed flash floods in the area.
Dozens were rescued in an operation involving helicopters and army troops, police chief brigadier general Farid al Sharaa told state television.
Many of those killed were children under 14. A number of families picnicking in the popular destination were also among the dead and injured, rescuers said, without giving a breakdown of numbers.
Prime minister Omar Razzaz was on the scene to oversee the rescue mission, Petra reported, while King Abdullah canceled a trip to Bahrain to follow the rescue operations. In response to a request by Amman, Israel sent search-and-rescue helicopters to assist its neighbor, and was operating on the Jordanian side of the Dead Sea, an Israeli military statement said.
Hundreds of families and relatives converged on Shounah hospital a few kilometers from the resort area. Relatives sobbed and searched for missing children, a witness said.
Jordan Flash Flood Facts
Affected Area: 10 km.
Alert Level: Orange