More than 75 thousand inhabitants of Haifa, the third largest city in Israel, on Thursday, November 24, were evacuated due to heavy fire, which began in the morning and quickly spread because of strong winds, drought and, as suggested by officials, arsonists, reports AP. According to the latest data, the number of victims has already exceeded 100 people.
As writes NEWSru Israel, the evacuation started with the city Romema and Ramot Sapir, later, similar orders have received a number of other neighborhoods – Givat Oranim, Merkaz Horev and Ramat hen, Ahuza, Ramot Remez, Ramat Eshkol and Ramot Ben Gurion.
Some of the streets closed to traffic. Children’s institutions evacuated, discontinued studies at the University of Haifa, since evacuated students and teachers.
Additional pockets of fire formed in the center of Haifa stadium “Sami ofer” at the southern entrance to the city and close to the beach Shemen. Several buildings and vehicles suffered significant damage.
Seriously nobody has suffered, however, several dozen people were taken to hospital, poisoned by carbon monoxide. The condition of victims is estimated as slight.
In Haifa, blowing a strong easterly wind, which contributes to the rapid spread of fire. Hospitals in the city are working in emergency mode, on the social network Facebook there is a video showing that the fire came close to the hospital fliman.
At 17:00 local time, it was reported that the Haifa airport has ceased to accept and send civilian flights. The airport handles only planes of fire aircraft. Some of the flights will be transferred to the airport “Dov” in tel Aviv.
Fires continues in other areas of Israel
The Jerusalem Post writes that stopped the movement of trains between the
the Northern towns of Binyamina and Hadera. Seven fire brigades works
on elimination of fire in the city of Rishon-LeZion, trying to prevent it
getting to nearby warehouses and a petrol station.
At 11:00 it was reported that renewed the fire in the settlement of Talmon in the Binyamin district. The villagers re-evacuated.
The fire of the Bush near the village of karnei Shomron in the West Bank led to the fire in a minefield, where several explosions. The members of the fire service and the military began to extinguish the fire. Eleven families living in the district of Ramat Gilad, was ordered to prepare for evacuation.
Residents of the village of Kfar Tavor reported a forest fire in the area of mount Tavor. Information confirmed by the fire Department. Work is underway to extinguish the fire.
According to the “Jewish national Fund”, in two days the fire
7 destroyed 500 dunums (7.5 km) forest and Bush. Only in the area
Jerusalem fire scorched 4500 dunums (4.5 km) vegetation.