UPDATE 2 – Flashfloods in Jordan leave at least 21 dead

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By Laith Joneidi

AMMAN (AA) – At least 21 people have been killed by flashfloods — and at least 35 others injured — in Jordan’s Dead Sea region, local officials said Friday.

Most of those killed were students and teachers whose bus was swept away by the floods during a school trip, Jordan’s Civil-Defense Directorate said in a statement.

Speaking to reporters, Civil Defense Operations Director Farid al-Sharaa said the students and teachers — along with a number of tourists — had been visiting hot springs in the area.

According to the Directorate, a bridge has collapsed due to the flooding while a major road in the area has been closed by the authorities.

Jordanian rescue teams, meanwhile, are continuing the search for survivors.

Following the incident, Jordan's King Abdullah II canceled a scheduled visit to Bahrain and declared three days of mourning.

On Thursday, several areas of the Hashemite Kingdom were hit by flashfloods following a bout of torrential rainfall.

UPDATE – Jordan: Flash flood kills at least 19

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By Laith Joneidi

AMMAN (AA) – At least 19 people died and another 35 wounded over a flash flood near Jordan’s Dead Sea, the officials said on Friday.

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

Speaking to the press Thursday, Civil Defense Operations Director Farid al-Sharaa said the students, teachers and other tourists were visiting hot springs in the area.

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

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

Following the incident, Jordan's King Abdullah II canceled an official visit to Bahrain — scheduled to begin Friday.

Jordanian 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.

Jordan: Flash flood kills at least 18

By Laith Joneidi

AMMAN (AA) – At least 18 people died Thursday in a flash flood near Jordan’s Dead Sea, said a local official.

Most of the dead were students and teachers whose bus was swept away during a school outing.

Search teams rescued 34 others, some of whom are in critical condition.

Speaking to the press, Civil Defense Operations Director Farid al-Sharaa said the students, teachers and other tourists were visiting hot springs in the area.

Al-Sharaa said search and rescue operations are continuing.

Following the incident, Jordan's King Abdullah II canceled an official visit to Bahrain that was scheduled to begin Friday.