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The Latest: Israel says 9 teens died in flash floods



Posted: Apr 26, 2018 8:00 AM Updated: Apr 26, 2018 1:31 PM

JERUSALEM (AP) – The latest on the deadly flash floods in Israel (all local times): [19659003] 20 : 1 pm

Israel's ambulance service says nine teenagers have died in flash floods as they travel south of the Dead Sea.

It is said that they were all 18 years old. Israeli media say eight of the deaths were female and one male. There are reports that there is another hiker.

Earlier, spokesman Micky Rosenfeld said that 25 students were "taken by surprise" on a course in front of the army, and some were "washed away" by heavy rains on Thursday as they wandered around the area.

The Dead Sea, the lowest point in the world, is about 1

,400 feet below sea level and is surrounded by desert and generally dry cliffs. Rain can precipitate the steep descents and cause sudden and violent currents in otherwise dry places.

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6:55 pm

Israeli police say some young people are missing and others after a group of wanderers was caught in flash floods south of the Dead Sea.

Speaker Micky Rosenfeld said on Thursday that 25 students were "taken by surprise" in a pre-Army class and some were "washed away" by heavy rains as they wandered around the area.

Police and army helicopters are searching for the missing persons. Israeli media reports that nine of the injured are fighting for their lives.

The Dead Sea, the lowest point on earth, about 1,400 feet below sea level, is surrounded by desert and generally dry cliffs. The rain can bring down the steep descents and cause sudden and violent torrents in otherwise dry places.

Heavy rains have fallen sporadically in the last two days.


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