Heavy rainfall on Thursday caused extensive flooding and damage in several Israeli coastal cities, with the continued downpours making this November the rainiest in some parts of the country in over a quarter-century.

Among the worst-hit areas were Hod Hasharon, Herzliya, Ashkelon and Nahariya, all of which have recorded over 100 millimetres of rain since a bout of stormy weather began Wednesday. Dozens of people trapped in cars or buildings by the rainfall were rescued Thursday, according to Channel 12 news.

“I think we are very lucky that there were no casualties,” Hod Hasharon Mayor Amir Kohavi told Channel 13 news. “It’s customary to blame the infrastructure, but in the
last two years millions of shekels were invested in infrastructure.”

Kohavi blamed the flooding on climate change and “unrestrained building” in recent years that he said reduced drainage areas.

However, some Hod Hasharon residents said the municipality was at fault.

“The drains were clogged, I’m sure,” Itzik Gutterman told the Ynet news site after his car got stuck on a flooded street, requiring his son to come and rescue him.

The northern city of Nahariya also saw major flooding and some 10 people trapped in ground floor apartments were rescued, Channel 12 said.

Read the full article at Times of Israel

Subscribe to start receiving FREE TORCH magazines from CUFI UK

Related Articles:

Nikki Haley and CUFI make Israel solidarity mission

Pastor John Hagee, founder and chairman of Christians United for Israel, his wife Diana and CUFI leadership team from the US visited Israel this week on a special solidarity mission.They...

3 Israeli-Arab men charged over Jaffa firebombing that seriously hurt boy during riots

Two men were charged with attempted murder and one man as an accomplice in connection with several firebomb attacks in Jaffa last month, including one that left a 12-year-old...

Anti-Semitism ‘mainstreamed’ in Western European politics new study finds

A new Israeli study into anti-Semitism with European politics shows how both the far-right and far-left are influencing mainstream politics with their hatred of Jews and how...

Poll shows surge in support for Hamas amongst Palestinians

A new poll released Tuesday finds a dramatic surge in Palestinian support for Hamas following last month’s Gaza conflict, with around three-quarters viewing the Islamist...

UK: Anti-Semitism on display at London anti-Israel protest

An anti-Israel demo took place in central London on Saturday in which former Labour leader Jeremy Corbyn told thousands of pro-Palestinian protesters that Britain should stop trade with...

16 Month Scripture Calendar