The number of fatalities from the floods in Jordan yesterday rose to 21, while another 35 people were injured and several remain missing, the Jordanian Civil Defense Department reported today.
A Civil Defense source told Efe that three of the deceased are of Iraqi nationality, including two children and a 20-year-old adult, and the rest are Jordanians.
The agency has not specified the number of people who have been dragged by the waters and who are unaccounted for.
The majority of the fatalities were children between 11 and 13 years of age who were on board a bus during a school trip, although the authorities have not offered more details about the victims.
The bus was dragged by the floods after a bridge collapsed in which the vehicle was located, in the area of the baths of Al Zara, on the shores of the Dead Sea.
So far, the Jordanian authorities have not specified whether all the fatalities that have been counted are those that were on board the damaged school vehicle.
The Civil Defense informed yesterday that ten of the students of the bus were rescued.
The rains ceased from the morning of today and the Meteorological Department has announced that the depression has already concluded.
The King of Jordan, Abdullah II, presided today an emergency meeting of the National Policy Council, in which he demanded "a detailed report of what happened and transparent efforts to decide who is responsible," according to a court statement.
The monarch, who described what happened as a "great tragedy that saddened all Jordanians," canceled a trip scheduled for today to Bahrain, where he planned to participate in a conference on defense, to supervise the rescue work, while the court Real decreed three days of mourning in the country.
The Jordanian prime minister, Omar al Razaz, along with other government officials went to the affected area yesterday to supervise the rescue operations carried out by the Civil Defense and the Army.