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Mamshit River
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2 die after freak storm whips Israel
An unusual spring storm blasts Israel with heavy rain and hail, causing floods and property damage across the country; 2 die after being swept away by a flash flood.

Heavy rain, golf ball-sized hail and flash floods assailed Israel Wednesday, catching many already used to summer weather by surprise and even claiming the lives of two.

 

 

Kais Alwashla, a 16-year-old Bedouin resident of the south, was swept away by the Mamshit River and was later found in critical condition. He was evacuated to a hospital via helicopter but was later pronounced dead.

 

A young woman around the age of 18 from the village of Arab al-Rashayida in the Bethlehem Governorate, central West Bank was also swept away by a flash flood when she apparently went to tend to her sheep near the village. She was carried off about 8.5 kilometers with her sheep in a stream near Amos, east of Gush Etzion. Palestinian search and rescue teams pulled her body out of the water, pronouncing her dead at the scene.

 

Spring storm hammers Israel    (צילום:עידו רינגר צור נצר, מארק כץ, מנו סיוקן טל אשכנזי ואביה חדד אריה שיף מוחמד שילבי נמרוד רחמימוב )

Spring storm hammers Israel

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שליחה לחבר

 הקלידו את הקוד המוצג
תמונה חדשה

שלח
הסרטון נשלח לחברך

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הטמעת הסרטון באתר שלך

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About 80 students from the Bnei Arazim boarding school in Rishon LeZion were stranded near the village of Nokdim due to a flood and had to be rescued, some suffering from light hypothermia.

 

Hail in Kibbutz Lahav
Hail in Kibbutz Lahav

 

Shizafon Armor Corps Training Base flooded, soldiers forced to take refuge on top of tank
Shizafon Armor Corps Training Base flooded, soldiers forced to take refuge on top of tank

 

Storm clouds blot out the sun in Tel Aviv (Photo: Motti Kimchi)
Storm clouds blot out the sun in Tel Aviv (Photo: Motti Kimchi)

 

In addition, the Rothschild Mall in the city was completely flooded, and children trapped in a flooded shelter in a school on Hayarkon Street in Tel Aviv had to be evacuated.

 

Mall flooded after freak storm

Mall flooded after freak storm

סגורסגור

שליחה לחבר

 הקלידו את הקוד המוצג
תמונה חדשה

שלח
הסרטון נשלח לחברך

סגורסגור

הטמעת הסרטון באתר שלך

 קוד להטמעה:

 

Rishon LeZion submerged    (צילום: הדר זמיר)

Rishon LeZion submerged   (Video: Hadar Zamir)

סגורסגור

שליחה לחבר

 הקלידו את הקוד המוצג
תמונה חדשה

שלח
הסרטון נשלח לחברך

סגורסגור

הטמעת הסרטון באתר שלך

 קוד להטמעה:

 

Dozens of others had to be rescued from various flooded areas throughout the country.

 

In all the incidents, no casualties were reported.

 

Kibbutz Lahav flooded (Photo: Amit Ari)
Kibbutz Lahav flooded (Photo: Amit Ari)

 

Golf ball-sized hail in Dimona (Photo: Avia Hadad)
Golf ball-sized hail in Dimona (Photo: Avia Hadad)

 
The police reported that Highway 40 was blocked to traffic from Mitzpeh Ramon to Tzihor junction following floods. Route 90 was also closed from the area of the Dead Sea area to the north, after Nahal Rahaf overflowed.

Hail in Tel Aviv
Hail in Tel Aviv

Car's tail light struck by hail in Dimona (Photo: Tali Ashkenazi)
Car's tail light struck by hail in Dimona (Photo: Tali Ashkenazi)

 

The Water Authority said the rivers of Ramon, Mamshit and Paran have overflowed.

 

Mamshit River (Photo: Herzl Yossef)
Mamshit River (Photo: Herzl Yossef)

 

Hail in Dimona (Photo: Rotem Adri)
Hail in Dimona (Photo: Rotem Adri)

 

"The floods in these areas will continue in the next few hours and will spread northward to the Dead Sea area, as well as to the southern Negev near Eilat," said the Water Authority.

 

Flooded road in Rehovot (Photo: Arad David)
Flooded road in Rehovot (Photo: Arad David)

 

Snow in Lahav, southern Israel (Photo: Marina Levy)
Snow in Lahav, southern Israel (Photo: Marina Levy)

 

Bicycle races scheduled to take place this week in Ramat Gan and Jerusalem were postponed by a week.

Tel Aviv municipality flooded (Photo: Haim Ohana)
Tel Aviv municipality flooded (Photo: Haim Ohana)

 

Collapsed trees in Tel Aviv (Photo: Hila Benaim)
Collapsed trees in Tel Aviv (Photo: Hila Benaim)
 

 

Heavy hail fell at noon in Dimona and Arad and property damage was caused, among other things to cars. Roads and streets in the south were flooded.

 

Flood in Dimona (Photo: Sigalit Daniel)
Flood in Dimona (Photo: Sigalit Daniel)

 

Mishmar HaYarden village (Photo: Neta Bazon)
Mishmar HaYarden village (Photo: Neta Bazon)

 

Sde Dov Airport in Tel Aviv was closed due to the storm.

 

Ilana Curiel, Ahiya Raved, Yael Freidson, Eli Senyor and Roi Rubinstein contributed to this report.

 


פרסום ראשון: 04.25.18, 17:04
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