Young man dies in Nahal Arava flooding

Fatality's friend evacuated to Beersheba hospital; rescue units, helicopter search for 3rd party member.

January 18, 2010 18:40
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Stormy weather hits Jerusalem Monday.

Stormy weather jerusalem 311 AJ. (photo credit: Ariel Jerozolimski)


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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 night.

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 helicopters.

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 were closed.

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.

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