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Rain Should Not Kill Israelis

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On Saturday Dean Shoshani and Stav Harari drowned in an elevator when some 80 millimeters (a little over three inches) of rain fell in two hours in south Tel Aviv. The weekend storm also took the lives of Ali Agbariya of Arara and Eran Harnstadt of Binyamina. On Wednesday another man, a 38-year-old from Nahariya, also died after being swept away by flooding.

It seems as if exceptional downpours are becoming the norm. On Wednesday 100 millimeters of rain fell in only a few hours in the Western Galilee, and two weeks ago rainfall records were broken in Safed.

The planning of sewage systems is usually tailored to the rainfall averages that we’ve known to date. But rainstorms that people describe as happening “once in 50 years” have been happening with increasing frequency. The climate........

© Haaretz