26 October, 2018

Schoolchildren among 18 killed by flash flooding in Jordan

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Flash flooding swept through an area near the Dead Sea in Jordan on Thursday afternoon, killing at least 18 people, reported Euronews. 

Among the dead were children who were aboard a school bus when the flooding hit, sweeping them away. Jordan's state news agency, Petra, confirmed the death toll in a tweet, saying dozens more had been rescued.

Stories of the victims

Facebook users posted in local groups pictures of the children who were still missing, and pictures of those believed to be dead. One user, from Jerusalem, provided information on a boy who had been rescued and taken to hospital, She asked anyone who knew his name to call.

"He is in a good condition," she added.

On Twitter, Jordanian user Renad Khafner said she knew of a mother who had sent her two daughters on the school trip that was hit in the flooding. "One of them made it, but the other did not," she wrote.

"The fact that this girl had to witness her sister passing away is beyond words. This is too devastating."

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

Official reaction

Jordanian Prime Minister Omar Razzaz sent his condolences to the families of the victims, promising an investigation into the incident, and said that anyone responsible would be held accountable.

King Abdullah II cancelled his scheduled trip to Bahrain following news of the flooding, and in a later tweet thanked surrounding Arab nations, including Egypt and Saudi Arabia for its condolences.

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