Trapped students rescued from desert flash flood
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Trapped students rescued from desert flash flood

All 62 members of hiking party return home after freak rainstorm washes out Wadi Qelt in the Judean Desert

Illustrative photo of floods in the Dead Sea area during a stormy winter day (photo credit: Flash90)
Illustrative photo of floods in the Dead Sea area during a stormy winter day (photo credit: Flash90)

Unexpected rainfall in the Judean Desert Sunday triggered a flash flood that trapped 62 schoolchildren and students on a hike in Wadi Qelt.

The schoolchildren from Ramat Gan were rescued safely after a two hour rescue operation by police search and rescue officers. One child was hospitalized with minor injuries at Jerusalem’s Hadassah Hospital at Mount Scopus.

“At the beginning it was just a drizzle so we said we’d continue on the trail,” Amitai, one of the rescued children told Ynet. “Then suddenly in a single moment a torrent started and we began to run like crazy, and we went to a cave to protect ourselves from the rain.”

Several of the children took refuge in a cave and the remainder were scattered along the trail and separated from the group. In the end, everyone was located and rescued.

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