14 killed as Jordan flash flood sweeps away students on trip

The flooding happened near the Dead Sea in Jordan

According to civil defence officials, rescuers were dealing with a larger than expected number of victims, which they attributed to people other than the school group being present at the Dead Sea shore when the floods struck.

A bridge on one of the cliffs of the Dead Sea had collapsed with the intensity of the rains, the first such heavy rains after the end of the summer season.

In April, 10 Israeli students were killed in a flash flood while on a hiking trip near the Dead Sea.

"[The floodwaters] swept away the students for 4 to 5 kilometers [2-3 miles]", Brig.

Flash flooding was reported in the south due to heavy rainfall with police closing off Highway 90 by the Dead Sea, which flooded it.

Helicopters and divers were used during the rescue operation which lasted into Thursday night.

Israel Defense Forces (IDF) and Israel Air Force (AIF) helicopters were assisting the search and rescue operation following a request from the Jordanian government.

He said the bus took a route not agreed upon by the ministry and the organiser of the trip bore full responsibility.

"It also appears some of the students' relatives were also part of the trip, meaning the number of people we're looking for might be more", he added.

In addition to the military, the Israel Police dispatched a contingent of search-and-rescue and medical specialists, as did the civilian Megillot search-and-rescue unit.

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.

The flooding carried people for "four to five kilometres", Sharaa said, while some survived by clinging to rocks.

As the death toll continued to rise Thursday evening, Jordan's King Abdullah II announced that he had cancelled a visit to Bahrain, which had been scheduled for Friday. He was to have been the keynote speaker at a security conference.

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