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Torrential Rains Flood Tel Aviv Streets; Downpour Suspends Work at Haifa Port

The main thoroughfares in this city were impassable today as a result of the heavy rainfall which is continuing for the eighth consecutive day. In the last five days Tel Aviv has already received 80 percent of the customary annual rainfall. The city has been constantly flooded.

In Haifa work at the port was suspended owing to the unabated torrential downpour. Ships are being kept idle inside and outside the main breakwaters. Reports from all parts of the country indicate that the torrential rains have created a situation which may develop into a major catastrophe if prompt action is not taken to remove many of the 90,000 new immigrants from the reception camps in which they have been dwelling since their arrival in Israel.