Rain and lightnight on farmland 390.
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While the weekend’s storm did wonders for Lake Kinneret (the Sea of Galilee), it
caused severe damage to crops.
Floods, hail and strong winds damaged
caused about NIS 30 million worth of damage to agriculture, including thousands
of dunams of avocados, citrus, other fruits and vegetables, field crops and
ornamental plants, according to KANAT: The Insurance Fund for Nature Damages in
KANAT accumulated data to reach this assessment, as of
Monday morning, from 400 points of damage throughout the country.
only were crops destroyed and inundated by floods, but the structures that
support them – such as greenhouses and netting – were widely damaged by winds,
according to KANAT.
A spokeswoman from the Agriculture Ministry confirmed
that there was a great deal of damage during the weekend’s extreme
For example, on Friday morning, the roof of a barn collapsed,
causing ministry officials to rush to the site and evacuate both injured cows
and cow carcasses, the spokeswoman said.
The Kinneret, however, stood at
212.12 meters below sea level as of Monday morning, 35 centimeters above its
level last Tuesday, before the precipitation began, according to the Water
While the rain from the weekend and throughout the season was
certainly encouraging, Water Authority spokesman Uri Schor told The Jerusalem
on Saturday night that the country needs two more consecutive winters like
this one to compensate for the past seven years of drought.
period of February 28 to March 4, the largest amount of rain fell in the central
mountains, where between 150 and 200 millimeters of water accumulated, according
to Israel Meteorological Service. In the northern Golan and the Galilee, about
130 to 160 millimeters accumulated.
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