Woman dies from cold on Bat Yam bench

3 people have died from extreme weather since Sun.; Welfare Ministry allocates NIS 1 m. for the needy.

A 50-year-old homeless woman was found dead as a result of hypothermia on a bench in Bat Yam early Tuesday. Passersby alerted an MDA crew to the scene after they found the woman unconscious. Bottles of alcohol were found under the bench. A man was also treated by the MDA crew and he was later evacuated to hospital. His condition was unknown. On Sunday, two people died as a result of the extreme cold weather, a 40-year-old man and a 78-year-old elderly woman from Beersheba. Meanwhile, the Social Welfare Ministry on Tuesday instructed local authorities to give a one-time assistance grant to the needy for the purchase of blankets, warm clothing and heaters, and Social Welfare Minister Isaac Herzog allocated one million shekels for this purpose. Among the people who are eligible for the assistance grant are families living under the poverty line, disabled people living alone and homeless people.