Schoolchildren among 17 killed in Jordan flash floods

Schoolchildren among 17 killed in Jordan flash floods

Schoolchildren among 17 killed in Jordan flash floods

Thirty-four people were rescued, some of whom were in serious condition, after Jordan launched a search operation involving helicopters and army troops, Brigadier General Farid al-Sharaa told state television.

Many of those killed were children under 14.

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.

As of Thursday evening, civil defence officials said they had rescued 34 citizens including children who were sent to hospitals in Amman, Salt and Shouneh in the Jordan Valley.

Thirteen people escaped without injuries, said Brig.

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.

At least eight students have been killed and 16 more are missing after flash floods swept away their bus near the Dead Sea in Jordan, officials say. "By 7:00pm we had 10 dead bodies and 11 mildly injured people", the doctor at the hospital's emergency room told The Jordan Times over the phone.

Heavy rains also caused roads to flood in the Jordanian capital, Amman, while big hail stones fell in Ajloun, in the north of the country.

Unit 669 performs search and rescue operations in both military and civilian conditions - extracting wounded soldiers from war zones and transporting vehicle crash victims to hospitals.

The media reports did not provide the ages of the students.

"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.

As the death toll continued to rise, Jordan's King Abdullah II announced that he cancelled a visit to Bahrain, scheduled for Friday local time.

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