Palestine Recovers from Blizzards as Jana Snowstorm Subsides.
21, 2015(WAFA) -- The Palestinian territories are recovering from the
aftermath of the currently subsiding snowstorm that pummeled the regionon
Secretary-General At-Tayyib Abdul-Rahim stated that the Palestinian state
managed to recover from the aftermath of the snowstorm, named Jana, thanks to
the experience acquired by the Palestinian Civil Defense and cooperation among
security services, municipalities and citizens.
A major snowstorm
pummeled the regionon Thursday, leaving hilltops shrouded in snow and forcing
schools, universities, public departments and businesses to close.
lateThursdayand continued into the earlyFridaymorning, cloaking hilltops across the region in
white, forcing main transportation arteries to close.
Snow started to
fallThursdayafternoon in areas with an elevation of over 800
meters above sea level, including Ramallah and Hebron.
temperatures continued to drop, snow fell at areas with an elevation of around
400 meters above sea level, hitting Bethlehem, Jerusalem and Nablus.
slightly roseSaturday, the snowstorm mostly subsided except on areas with
an elevation of over 800 meters above sea level, such as Bethlehem, Beit Jala,
al-Khader and Beit Fajjar towns.
of the storm, Palestinian authorities ordered a preemptive shutdown of public
institutions, universities and schools atThursday
noonin order to ensure that residents
could return to their homes before the storm started.
warnings urging residents to remain indoors and advising them against driving
their vehicles in the snow except in emergency situations.
In order to
deal with the consequences of the snowstorm, authorities formed 'central
operation rooms' and placed municipal and Civil Defense personnel on high alert
to open all major transportation arteries that could be blocked by snow.
Residents were urged
to adhere to safety instructions during the snowstorm and to avoid parking
their vehicles on the sides of main roads so that Civil Defense and municipal
vehicles could clear snow.
of Housing and Public Works announcedSaturdaythat main roads across the West Bank were reopened.
Jenin, for example, the snowstorm caused considerable material losses,
destroying greenhouses, livestock barns and poultry farms.
According to Head
of Jenin Agriculture Department Wajdi Bsharat, the snowstorm wrecked havoc to
greenhouses covering at least a 15-dunum area, collapsing the metal frames and
scattering plastic sheets.
It caused a
livestock barn in Jaba', a town to the south of the city, to collapse and
destroyed greenhouses covering a 20-dunum area.
persons in the Gaza Strip bore the brunt of the storm. Around 100,000 people
were left homeless after their houses were demolished during the latest Israeli
onslaught on the war-torn coastal enclave. The tents that such people have been
living in collapsed and suffered extensive damage.
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|Date:||Feb 21, 2015|
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