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

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

Rescuers were today searching for survivors of flash flooding at the Dead Sea which killed at least 20 people, a lot of them children on a school trip.

A witness said a bus with 37 school children and seven teachers had been on a trip to a resort area when raging floodwaters swept them into a valley.

Thirteen people escaped the flooding without injuries, with some holding on to rocks to survive.

Razzaz said divers and civil defence search teams would be conducting search operations deep inside the Dead Sea throughout the night.

Crews were able to rescue at least 34 people from the flash floods, local reports said.

Jordan's King Abdullah cancelled a trip to Bahrain to follow the rescue.

The IDF sent helicopters and soldiers from the Air Force's elite 669 search and rescue unit following a request from the Jordanian government.

Thursday's incident is the second tragedy resulting from flash-flooding near the Dead Sea this year.

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He said rescuers were still searching for people missing in the area, a popular tourist attraction around 50 kilometres (30 miles) west of Amman.

Prime Minister, Omar Razzaz, is on his way to the site to supervise the rescue operation where school students were raided by heavy floods in Dead Sea on Thursday, October 25, 2018.

A bridge on one of the cliffs of the Dead Sea had collapsed with the intensity of the rains, the first such heavy rains after the end of the summer season.

"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.

Flash flooding was reported in the south due to heavy rainfall with police closing off Highway 90 by the Dead Sea, which flooded it.

He said the bus took a route not agreed upon by the ministry and the organiser of the trip bore full responsibility.

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

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