Jordan flash floods: School bus swept away near Dead Sea

Kids and citizens who died in the Dead Dea floods

At least 21 people, a lot of them school pupils, have been killed in flash floods in Jordan, the emergency services said Friday in an updated toll. At least 17 are dead; more than 20 were injured.

Gen. Farid al-Sharaa, speaking after nightfall as large spotlights illuminated the flooded area.

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

The death toll from flash floods in Jordan's Dead Sea area has risen to at least 21, according to the country's civil defence, as search and rescue operations continued for a second day.

Rescuers combed the shores of Jordan's Dead Sea early on Friday, searching for survivors, after flash floods killed at least 20 people, majority children on a school outing.

Jordan launched a major operation on Thursday to search for survivors involving army divers, and neighbouring Israel said it was assisting with search-and-rescue helicopters.

"IAF helicopters full of IDF search and rescue soldiers have been deployed", the IDF said in a statement.

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"The students were on a school trip and it appears that a mudslide along the road swept their bus away", the official added.

Much of the ire was directed at the Victoria College School, a private institution in an upscale neighbourhood in West Amman that costs thousands of dollars per year and caters to an upper-middle class Jordanians and Arab nationals.

A general view shows the location of the accident where people were killed in a flash flood near the Dead Sea, Jordan, on October 25, 2018.

Jordan's state news agency Petra said Prime Minister Omar Razzaz was at the scene to oversee the rescue mission.

In April, 10 Israeli students were killed when they were surprised by a flash flood during a hiking trip near the Dead Sea.

The students and teachers were eating lunch when they were taken by surprise by the flooding.

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