Iraq's Prime Minister, Adil Abdul Mahdi, called his Jordanian counterpart, Omar al-Razzaz, to offer his condolences over the victims of the tragic accident of schoolchildren and citizens who were sunk by floods in the Dead Sea region.
At least 20 people died, dozens went missing and 34 were rescued on Thursday evening from the flash floods in the hot springs area near the Dead Sea, according to Jordanian authorities.
The majority of those killed, rescued and reported missing were students on a school trip to the Zara Maeen hot springs area, said the Civil Defense Department (CDD) in press statements.
“A major rescue operation entailing scores of people from different state agencies as well as several rescue helicopters and boats, marine divers and swimmers are at the site now to rescue trapped people and search for missing ones,” an officer at the CDD’s press department said.
The press officer said there was no information yet on the age of those killed in the flash flood and highlighted that those rescued suffered mild to serious injuries.
According to The Jordan Times the kingdom’s Prime Minister Omar Razza oversaw the rescue operation and instructed state agencies on Thursday to provide all needed assistance to ensure the safety of the students.
“The number of those killed in the flash flood is expected to increase because many were reported to have been swept away by the raging water,” the officer said.