Jordan Tragedy in Dead Sea Result in 21 Dead, Mostly Children

Published October 27th, 2018 - 08:50 GMT

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At least 21 people, died and another 35 wounded over a flash flood near Jordan’s Dead Sea, Jordan officials said Saturday.

Most of the dead were young pupils and teachers whose bus was swept away during a school outing, Jordanian Civil Defense Directorate said in a statement.

Jordanian rescue teams have been searching for the missing, according to the statement.

The Jordan Royal Court declared three days of national mourning over the incident.

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. Continue reading below »

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Jordanian rescue teams, 2000 personnel, were involved in the search and rescue operation (Twitter)
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In addition to the army, many officers in the civil state agencies took part in the Dead Sea search and rescue operation. (Twitter)
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Image 4 of 12:  4 / 12In addition to the army, many officers in the civil state agencies took part in the Dead Sea search and rescue operation. (Twitter)

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34 people were rescued in a large operation involving four police helicopters and several boats (Twitter)
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Image 5 of 12:  5 / 1234 people were rescued in a large operation involving four police helicopters and several boats (Twitter)

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37 schoolchildren and 7 teachers were caught in a gushing stream as sudden torrential rainstorm flooded the area (Twitter)
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Image 6 of 12:  6 / 1237 schoolchildren and 7 teachers were caught in a gushing stream as sudden torrential rainstorm flooded the area (Twitter)

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Civil Defence also said a bridge collapsed and a road was closed in the Dead Sea area (Twitter)
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Image 7 of 12:  7 / 12Civil Defence also said a bridge collapsed and a road was closed in the Dead Sea area (Twitter)

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Hundreds of families and relatives converged to the Southern Shouneh Public Hospital to inquire about their missing children  (Twitter)
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Image 8 of 12:  8 / 12Hundreds of families and relatives converged to the Southern Shouneh Public Hospital to inquire about their missing children (Twitter)

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Most of the dead were children and teachers whose bus was swept away during a school outing, Jordanian Civil Defense Directorate said in a statement (Twitter)
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Image 9 of 12:  9 / 12Most of the dead were children and teachers whose bus was swept away during a school outing, Jordanian Civil Defense Directorate said in a statement (Twitter)

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The government is opening an investigation and will hold accountable those responsible for the tragic incident (Twitter)
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Image 10 of 12:  10 / 12The government is opening an investigation and will hold accountable those responsible for the tragic incident (Twitter)

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The final count was 21 Dead, mostly children and their seven teachers (Twitter)
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Image 11 of 12:  11 / 12The final count was 21 Dead, mostly children and their seven teachers (Twitter)

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The Jordan flash flood Dead Sea tragedy (Twitter)
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Jordanian rescue teams, 2000 personnel, were involved in the search and rescue operation (Twitter)

Image 3 of 12Jordanian rescue teams, 2000 personnel, were involved in the search and rescue operation (Twitter)

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In addition to the army, many officers in the civil state agencies took part in the Dead Sea search and rescue operation. (Twitter)

Image 4 of 12In addition to the army, many officers in the civil state agencies took part in the Dead Sea search and rescue operation. (Twitter)

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34 people were rescued in a large operation involving four police helicopters and several boats (Twitter)

Image 5 of 1234 people were rescued in a large operation involving four police helicopters and several boats (Twitter)

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37 schoolchildren and 7 teachers were caught in a gushing stream as sudden torrential rainstorm flooded the area (Twitter)

Image 6 of 1237 schoolchildren and 7 teachers were caught in a gushing stream as sudden torrential rainstorm flooded the area (Twitter)

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Civil Defence also said a bridge collapsed and a road was closed in the Dead Sea area (Twitter)

Image 7 of 12Civil Defence also said a bridge collapsed and a road was closed in the Dead Sea area (Twitter)

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Hundreds of families and relatives converged to the Southern Shouneh Public Hospital to inquire about their missing children  (Twitter)

Image 8 of 12Hundreds of families and relatives converged to the Southern Shouneh Public Hospital to inquire about their missing children (Twitter)

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Most of the dead were children and teachers whose bus was swept away during a school outing, Jordanian Civil Defense Directorate said in a statement (Twitter)

Image 9 of 12Most of the dead were children and teachers whose bus was swept away during a school outing, Jordanian Civil Defense Directorate said in a statement (Twitter)

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The government is opening an investigation and will hold accountable those responsible for the tragic incident (Twitter)

Image 10 of 12The government is opening an investigation and will hold accountable those responsible for the tragic incident (Twitter)

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The final count was 21 Dead, mostly children and their seven teachers (Twitter)

Image 11 of 12The final count was 21 Dead, mostly children and their seven teachers (Twitter)

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The Jordan flash flood Dead Sea tragedy (Twitter)

Image 12 of 12The Jordan flash flood Dead Sea tragedy (Twitter)

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