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10 dead in Israel after flash flooding near Dead Sea

By Brian Lada, AccuWeather meteorologist and staff writer
April 27, 2018, 9:02:04 AM EDT

At least 10 teenagers have died in Israel after heavy rain sparked flash flooding south of the Dead Sea in Nahal Tzafit on Thursday.

Israeli police said that 25 people were hiking in the area when they were caught off guard by the flooding, according to the Associated Press.

Army helicopters were used in the rescue efforts to help find those that were missing in the flash flood.

Some 13 members of the group were found by rescue teams in the area without harm, while two others were slightly hurt, according to the Times of Israel.

Ten of the people swept in the flood have died, all of whom were 18, according to Israel’s rescue service.

An Israeli policeman stands near Dead Sea - AP Photo

An Israeli policeman stands by a truck that was swept in a flood near Tzin River by the Dead Sea, Israel, on Friday, April 27, 2018. Flash floods killed 10 Israeli teenagers who were hiking south of the Dead Sea on Thursday, Israel's rescue service said. (AP Photo/Tsafrir Abayov)

A bus was swept off to the side of a flooded road causing those on board to be stranded. There were no injuries reported.

A storm in the upper atmosphere has been sitting over the region for several days, leading to multiple rounds of drenching rain and thunderstorms, AccuWeather Senior Meteorologist Alex Sosnowski said.

Sosnowski added that a storm system of this nature is not uncommon for this time of year.

Heavy rain led to flooding in other areas of Israel earlier in the week.

Two other teenagers died in other areas of Israel on Wednesday due to flash flooding, according to Haaretz.

Additional downpours are possible into Friday night before drier weather returns this weekend.

Another slow-moving storm could bring the threat for showers and thunderstorms to the region next week.

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