Published: Fri, October 26, 2018
World Media | By Cesar Oliver

18 dead as floods sweep away students and teachers near Dead Sea

18 dead as floods sweep away students and teachers near Dead Sea

The Israeli military said that, following a request from the Jordanian government, it had sent a number of helicopters with soldiers from an elite search and rescue unit.

Several more students were injured in the incident near the Dead Sea, said an official from the civil defense, Jordan's fire service, who asked not to be named.

Al-Sharaa said 37 middle school students, seven teachers and other visitors were at the hot springs near the Dead Sea on Thursday afternoon, some eating lunch, when they were taken by surprise by the flooding.

At least 18 people, mainly schoolchildren and teachers, were killed today in a flash flood near the Dead Sea in Jordan, while they were on an outing, rescuers and hospital workers said.

"Currently assisting Jordan in rescuing a bus full of children swept away in a flood on the Jordanian side of the Dead Sea", it wrote on Twitter.

"Almost all of the country witnessed heavy rain and flash floods were formed in many parts, including Amman", Rafed told The Jordan Times.

Helicopters were dispatched and machines were mobilized from the ministries of municipalities and public works and the Arab Potash Company to help with the search. Some of those rescued were in a serious condition.

The death toll could still increase as a number of people are missing, including students who were riding on a bus during a school trip which was washed away by torrential floods, the statement said.

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. King Abdullah also cancelled a trip to Bahrain to follow the rescue operations, Petra reported.

In April, 10 teenagers died after heavy rain sparked flash flooding south of the Dead Sea.

He reportedly instructed state agencies to provide all needed assistance to ensure the safety of the students.

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