Flash floods: 18 killed in this Middle East country

Flash floods: 18 killed in this Middle East country

Flash floods: 18 killed in this Middle East country

The students from a private school and their adult chaperones were touring near the Dead Sea when heavy rains led to flash floods in the area, Health Minister Ghazi al-Zaben and official media said.

The flooding carried people for "four to five kilometres", Sharaa said, while some survived by clinging to rocks. Gen. Mustafa Abed Rabbo Al-Bazai'a, is now coordinating with Minister of Interior, Minister of Transport and Municipal Affairs, Minister of Public Sector Development, as well as Minister of Public Works and Housing to efficiently deal with incident along with maximum attention and speed.

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

Prime Minister Omar Razzaz is now overseeing part of the rescue operation and visiting the injured. He said he would form a fact-finding committee to investigate the circumstances of the deaths, according to Petra.

Late Thursday, 10 more students and a teacher were located and awaiting rescue, media reports said.

"My grief and pain are vast, matched only by my anger towards those who failed to take the necessary measures that could have prevented this painful incident from happening", King Abdullah said in a rare tweet on Friday. The pain and suffering of every family is my own pain and suffering as well.

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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.

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

The Directorate also announced the collapse of a bridge and the closure of a road in the Dead Sea area.

Al Jazeera contacted the Jordanian government for comment but did not receive a response prior to publication.

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

Parliament's education committee said MPs would meet Education Minister Azmi Muhafazah on Sunday to "uncover all the details of the incident" and to "hold accountable all who were negligent" and responsible for the tragedy.

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