Flash floods: 18 killed in this Middle East country

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The official news agency Petra said 37 students, along with seven adults, had been touring near the Dead Sea when heavy rains unleashed flash floods in the area.

"The IDF has begun assisting in the rescue of the Jordanian children's bus that was swept away adjacent to the Dead Sea on the Jordanian side as a result of flooding in the southern area earlier today", the IDF stated.

"In light of a request from the Jordanian government, a number of air force helicopters with 669 soldiers, led by the commander of the unit, were dispatched", the Israel Defense Forces said in a statement.

"The children tried to escape the floods by going to the bus but its doors were closed", said Abu Yousef told reporters. "By 7:00pm we had 10 dead bodies and 11 mildly injured people", the doctor at the hospital's emergency room told The Jordan Times over the phone.

At least 34 others were rescued.

The storm system that triggered the heavy rainfall and flooding will depart the region on Friday, with dry weather in store for continued cleanup and rescue operations this weekend.

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A major rescue operation was underway today after flash floods hit the area near Jordan's Dead Sea.

"The students were on a school trip and it appears that a mudslide along the road swept their bus away", the official added.

Prime Minister, Omar Razzaz, is on his way to the site to supervise the rescue operation where school students were raided by heavy floods in Dead Sea on Thursday, October 25, 2018.

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

The media reports did not provide the ages of the students.

Rescuers from the Jordanian civil defence and the army were working late into the night to locate survivors in Zarqa Maeen, an area known for its water springs and gorges opening on to the Dead Sea.

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