The damage to farmers due to stormy weather is estimated at more than NIS 50 million

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by Ifi Reporter Category:Agriculture Jan 10, 2020

Earlier this week, more than 500 farmers' reports of large-scale damage caused by the various storm events that occurred in January were received in Kent's State Chamber of Agriculture (pronunciation: KANAT). Initially, the damage is estimated at more than NIS 50 million. It should be noted that the damage dimensions will only be determined later after farmers, and Kent estimators, can enter the flooded fields. Also, the kind of damage that we experienced from high winds and heavy rainfall has implications for the continued development of the various crops so that the final damage dimensions become clear later.
The summary of the data to date shows that heavy damage was caused to crops in the south, mainly due to the winds and sand that damaged the carrot and potato seedlings. The Hula Valley area caused great damage as a result of flooding of industrial areas, peas, broccoli and cabbage. Also, various plantations were damaged in the Binyamina and Givat Ada area. Major damage was also caused to banana breeding structures that collapsed as a result of the high winds as well as fish pools that were flooded and breached as a result of flooding.
Kent is expecting more announcements in the coming days after farmers arrive in the damaged areas.
The recent storm has resulted in rainfall we have not known in recent decades. The settlements that broke records in the latest rainfall system are buds where 150 mm of rain fell, in Haifa 134 south of the country today estimated the damage to homes, infrastructure and schools in the area of ​​Beer Tuvia, Ashdod and Ashkelon. Morning began the pumping operations of the huge quantities of water that flooded.
The damage caused by the floods is estimated at tens of millions of shekels: At the Beer Tuvia regional council alone, 150 houses were damaged, and 30 families had to be evacuated and temporarily left homeless, moving to relatives or other families who volunteered to help. Following these events, families turn to the government and seek assistance. Damage from the storm was also caused in Ashdod - the huge flows in the Lachish river emitted much waste such as a sofa, clothes and even a refrigerator.
This is the amount of cumulative rainfall in the north, the largest in 1969 and the peak of the daily rainfall in Nitzan. In terms of the seasonal state of the rainfall, up to 180 percent of the average rainfall for the period in the north of the country. Also, in the Nahariya region - the average rainfall so far has exceeded the annual average.
In all recent rainfall systems, records have been broken, whether in the amount of rainfall, during the rainfall, or in intensity. These figures appear not only in the winter season, but also in the transitional seasons. Presumably this has to do with global climate change. We also see that there is a very large difference between geographical areas in the country: between the north, the center and the south.
 This is precisely a very happy week for Israel's water resources: the Sea of ​​Galilee has been leaping for about two meters in the last two days and the last two weeks the Sea of ​​Galilee has risen by more than a meter. The Sea of ​​Galilee is missing another two meters and 10 inches, but it is unlikely that the missing meters will be filled again this year, and we are not sure we will have another such rare sequence of rainfall after decades as we have in recent days.

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