At least 14 children and teachers die in Jordan flood

Oct 28, 2018, 00:10
At least 14 children and teachers die in Jordan flood

"Heavy rains caused a flash flood close to the Dead Sea that washed away a school bus carrying 37 students and seven minders", the official said.

The words of the father of one victim, 15-year-old Ryan Zeyad Fahad al-Tirawi, struck social media users deeply when he expressed his sadness over his son's tragic death.

Rescuers were today searching for survivors of flash flooding at the Dead Sea which killed at least 20 people, majority children on a school trip.

"The number of those killed in the flash flood is expected to increase because many were reported to have been swept away by the raging water", the official said. At least eight people were still missing, a medical source said. -Gen. Farid al Sharaa told state television.

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Some citizens took to social media to also blame the government for not banning all trips during periods of inclement weather, and the authorities for not stopping and turning back a bus full of schoolchildren in an area where flash floods are known to occur.

Zureigat said nearly all of the dead have been claimed by their families.

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

"My sadness and sorrow are matched only by my anger at anyone who did not take the steps that could have prevented this painful incident", the king wrote on Twitter.

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"I condole myself and Jordan for losing members of my bigger family". The pain and suffering of every family is my own pain and suffering as well.

The private school students and their adult chaperones were caught off guard when sudden torrential rains unleashed a flood surge Thursday local time, the reports said.

We have reached out to Khafner and other witnesses of the incident.

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