At least 10 school children killed, 16 missing in Jordan flash flood

At least 10 school children killed, 16 missing in Jordan flash flood

AMMAN (Reuters) - At least 10 school children died and 16 were missing after a flash flood near Jordan's Dead Sea, where around 40 children and their teachers were on an outing on Thursday, rescuers said.

A major rescue operation involving helicopters and army troops was under way. Search teams have so far rescued 11 people, some of whom are in a serious condition, civil defence sources told Reuters.

Hospitals in the area were put on high alert.

A civil defence official was quoted on state television as saying that the number of casualties was expected to rise.

A witness said a bus with 37 school children and seven teachers had been on a trip to a resort area when raging floodwaters swept them into a valley.

(Reporting by Suleiman Al-Khalidi; Editing by Hugh Lawson)

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Updated Date: Oct 26, 2018 00:06 AM

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