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

28 October, 2018, 00:12 | Author: Roderick Gutierrez
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Flash floods swept away a group of teachers and students who were on a school trip near the Dead Sea on Thursday, killing 14 and wounding 22, a website linked to Jordan's military said. Along with the fatalities, 35 people were injured.

A complex rescue operation involving helicopters, divers, sniffer dogs and hundreds of searchers had continued into the night Thursday and then resumed after daybreak on Friday. The deal, which had a 25-year expiration date, was part of the 1994 peace agreement between the nations.

"My grief and pain are enormous, matched only by my anger towards those who failed to take the necessary measures that could have prevented this painful incident from happening", King Abdullah said in a rare tweet on Friday. "What has afflicted every father, mother and family afflicts me also", the king said.

Gen. Farid al-Sharaa, speaking after nightfall as large spotlights illuminated the flooded area. They said three of those killed, including two students, were Iraqis living in Amman.

Later on Friday, King Abdullah chaired an emergency meeting of the National Policies Council, a grouping of policy and security experts, to review the tragedy.


On Thursday, areas in the kingdom were hit by flash flood due to heavy rains - which led to a sudden flow of water into several valleys in the kingdom.

Prime Minister Omar Razzaz said it appeared the school had broken regulations by the ministry of education that forbade trips to the Dead Sea due to bad weather and pledged an investigation that would hold anyone found responsible for any wrongdoing accountable.

"With all sadness, God chose Ryan during the Dead Sea incident".

"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.

A bridge on one of the cliffs of the Dead Sea collapsed under the force of the rains, the first such after the end of summer.

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