17 People Killed in Flash Floods Near the Dead Sea in Jordan

At least 17 people have been killed in flash floods near the Dead Sea in Jordan, most of them in a bus that was swept away.

The bus was carrying 37 pupils and seven members of staff to the Zara Maeen hot springs area when it was washed away, officials said.

A huge rescue operation has been launched and Israel said it had sent helicopters at Jordan’s request.

So far 34 people have been rescued from the area, Reuters reported.

Some of them are said to be in a serious condition.

The dead and injured also included members of families picnicking at the popular tourist spot.

The Dead Sea is the lowest point on Earth and popular with visitors. But its arid conditions and its deep canyons make it susceptible to flash floods.

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SOURCE: BBC News