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(photo credit: Ariel Jerozolimski)
A hiker was killed Monday in flooding
in Nahal Arava, Israel Radio reported. A friend of the fatality was
evacuated to a Beersheba hospital with injuries and searches are
currently underway for a third member of the party.
Eilat rescue teams rescued 2 people in
Nahal Tzichor Monday afternoon, the report added. Three people were
rescued overnight and this morning from two different trucks which
were stuck in waters in the Arava's Nahal Faran, and two IDF officers
trapped in the Nitzana area were also saved.
Four hikers became trapped in their car
in Arava Monday due to intense flooding.
Rescue units, including a helicopter,
were working to evacuate them from the vehicle.
Many roads in the South were closed
down following floods and a storm which has been raging since Sunday
Route 90, leading from the Dead Sea
hotels to the Center, Route 40 and Route 211 in the Negev were closed
to traffic. The Nitzana Bridge collapsed due to heavy rainfalls.
The Nitzana, Tzin, Revivim Besor
Haroe'h and Beersheba streams were overflowing.
A vehicle drifted away near the Revivim
quarry and was still being sought on Monday morning. Two trucks with
three travelers were swept into the Paran stream near Eilat and the
travelers needed assistance from the local rescue unit and IDF
All schools in the Ramat Hanegev Local
Council were closed because of the floods. Schools in Kadesh Barne'a,
Ezuz, Kmehin, Nitzana, Revivim, Mashabe Sadeh, Telalim and Retamim
Significant downpours swept the land,
especially in the Negev and northern Negev, where 49 millimeters were
registered during the night.
The downpour started in the country's
south, slowly moving northward. In Jerusalem, 17 mm. were registered,
in Tel Aviv and environs amounts between 3 and 7 mm. were noted.
The residents of the Golan Heights were
expecting to see snow covering Mount Hermon beginning Tuesday.
The inclement weather was expected to
continue throughout the week, and meteorologists predict that the
next few days will remain pluvial.
The current system is expected to add
some water to the Kinneret in the North.