A minimum of 18 individuals, primarily schoolchildren and lecturers, had been killed on Thursday by a flash flood throughout a college outing close to Jordan‘s Useless Sea in one of many worst disasters within the kingdom in years, rescuers and hospital staff mentioned.
Thirty-four individuals had been rescued in a serious operation involving police helicopters and lots of of military troops, police chief Brigadier Basic Farid al Sharaa advised state tv. A few of these rescued had been in a severe situation.
Lots of these killed had been youngsters beneath 14. Plenty of households picnicking within the common vacation spot had been additionally among the many lifeless and injured, rescuers mentioned, with out giving a breakdown of numbers.
A whole bunch of households and kin converged on Shounah hospital a couple of kilometers from the resort space. Kinfolk sobbed and looked for particulars in regards to the lacking youngsters, a witness mentioned.
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The flooding occurred after heavy rainfall, the primary such rains after the top of the summer season season.
Prime Minister Omar Razzaz mentioned it appeared the college had damaged rules by the ministry of schooling that forbade journeys to the Useless Sea because of unhealthy climate and pledged an investigation that may maintain anybody discovered chargeable for any wrongdoing accountable.
Razzaz mentioned divers and civil protection search groups can be conducting search operations deep contained in the Useless Sea all through the night time.
A father of one of many survivors mentioned a bus with 37 schoolchildren and 7 lecturers had been on a visit to the resort space. They had been caught in a slender stream as sudden torrential rainstorm flooded the realm.
“The kids tried to flee the floods by going to the bus however its doorways had been closed,” mentioned Abu Yousef advised reporters.
“The lecturers tried to avoid wasting the youngsters however the floods depth made it not possible,” he added saying the youngsters had been swept to the shores of the Useless Sea, the bottom level on Earth.
King Abdullah canceled a visit to Bahrain to comply with the rescue operations, state media mentioned.
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Neighbouring Israel despatched search-and-rescue helicopters to help, an Israeli navy assertion mentioned, including the workforce dispatched at Amman’s request was working on the Jordanian facet of the Useless Sea.
Civil protection spokesman Captain Iyad al Omar advised Reuters the variety of casualties was anticipated to rise. Rescue staff utilizing flashlights had been looking the cliffs close to the shore of the Useless Sea the place our bodies had been discovered.
There have been lethal incidents involving flash floods in Jordan prior to now and in 1963, 23 French vacationers had been swept away by flash floods once they had been trapped within the historic Petra metropolis.