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.