The Ministry of Welfare and Social Services announced Tuesday that it would be distributing some NIS 450,000 to welfare departments in the three municipalities effected by this past weekend’s fire on the Carmel Mountain.
Isifyah, Tirat Hacarmel and Hof Hacarmel will receive the financial boost to help provide increased social services to individuals and families hurt by the disaster, which started last Thursday, killed more than 40 people and left hundreds homeless.
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On Monday, Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu called for the treasury to
distribute emergency compensation of some NIS 2,500 to each person who
cannot return to their home in the next month in order for them to
purchase basic necessities, such as clothes and school books in the
immediate days. The Finance Ministry transferred the funds to local
authorities in the region on Tuesday.
An estimated 250 homes were
destroyed in the fire, with houses and other structures on Kibbutz Beit
Oren and Kibbutz Yemin Orde, as well as in the nearby artists’ village
of Ein Hod destroyed.