DEAD SEA, Jordan – Jordanian rescuers looking for survivors of flash floods on the Dead Sea found the body of a 12-year-old girl on Friday, bringing the death toll in the tragedy to 19
The body was washed away from the stream the day after the middle school students and the teachers who visited the hot springs in the area. Civil defense officials have said that the wave caused by heavy rains has carried a few kilometers towards the Dead Sea.
Mustafa al-Basaiah, the director-general of the Civil Defense of the Kingdom, said that 13 of the dead and 21 of about three dozen injured were middle-school students. Several people are still dreaded, he said.
A complex rescue operation with helicopters, divers, detection dogs and hundreds of seekers had continued into the night Thursday.
searches resumed after dawn on Friday.
Jordan's King Abdullah I canceled a scheduled working visit to Bahrain, originally scheduled for Friday. He should have been the keynote speaker at a security conference.
The low-lying Dead Sea, part of the Jordan Valley, is prone to flash floods when rainwater falls from neighboring hills. In April, 10 Israeli students were killed in a flash flood on a trek near the Dead Sea
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