Floods raid Dead Sea school, rescue team search for missing students

Unit 669 simulates rescue operation January 2010

Unit 669 simulates rescue operation January 2010

The private-school students and their adult chaperones were touring near the Dead Sea when the floods carried them away.

The body was recovered a day after middle school students and teachers visiting hot springs in the area were swept away by the torrent.

The Jordan Meteorological Department (JMD) announced on Monday that a depression and a relatively cold air mass were expected to affect the country as of Thursday, head of the JMD's weather forcasting said on Thursday.

"The children tried to escape the floods by going to the bus but its doors were closed", said Abu Yousef told reporters. "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.

At least 18 people have died and 35 others injured.

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

Some of them are said to be in a serious condition.

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In addition to the military, the Israeli Police also dispatched a contingent of search-and-rescue and medical specialists, as did the United Hatzalah emergency response organization.

Mustafa al-Basaiah, the director general of the kingdom's Civil Defense, said that 13 of the dead and 21 of about three dozen injured were middle school students.

Authorities started searching for survivors around 2:00pm when heavy rain was still pouring, according to a CDD officer, who underscored that the search path starts from the mountains overlooking the Dead Sea and stretches down over five to six kilometres of very tough topography and water valleys.

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

A civil defence official was quoted on state television as saying that the number of casualties was expected to rise.

Petra said Jordanian Prime Minister Omar Razzaz was on the scene to oversee the rescue mission.

The Dead Sea is the lowest point on Earth and popular with visitors.

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