Update: Rescue teams working around the cloc to locate a teen girl missing since the incident, announced early Friday morning that her body has been found near Neot Hakikar, south of the Dead Sea r”l.
Update: Seven of the ten fatalities were identified as of Thursday night as Shani Shamir from the central city of Shoham; Ella Or from Ma’ale Adumim; Maayan Barhum and Yael Sadan from Jerusalem; Tzur Alfi, the only boy who was killed, from the central town of Mazkeret Batya; Agam Levy from the central Israeli town of Herut; and Romi Cohen of Maor, near Hadera.
Twenty-five students from a Tel Aviv-based Bnei Tzion pre-army preparatory program were hit by the flood Thursday while they were hiking in Nahal Tzafit in the Judean Desert west of Yom Hamelech.
Search and rescue teams, aided by helicopter units, converged on the area, locating 24 of the students. The 669 Search and Rescue unit of the Israeli Air Force was deployed to assist the efforts to locate the missing students. Diving teams were also deployed to aid in the search.
One female student remains missing, and there has been no visual contact with her since the flash flood hit.
Nine students were killed in the flood, including eight girls and one boy. Several other students were injured. All of the victims were 18 years old.
ZAKA volunteer Yaakov Yifrah described the organization’s efforts to retrieve the bodies of the students killed in the tragic flood.
“This is a very difficult scene, with a number of dead students. ZAKA teams and rescue units are in the valley, helping in the search and recovery efforts. Another ZAKA team is at the entrance to the valley, to take care of the bodies. The ZAKA volunteers are ready and prepared to continue the search, rescue and recovery mission into the night.”
This story is still developing.