TEL AVIV (Jan. 7)
The long-awaited rains came down in torrents in Israel last night, practically saving the Jewish state’s agriculture from a disastrous drought. Although crops in many parts of the country were saved, farmers in Lower Galilee and in the Jordan Valley area reported that their crops had been completely rained as a result of the drought.
At the same time, the rains brought terrible hardships to newcomers living in tents and huts in “work villages,” particularly in the Jerusalem and Rehovot sectors. Tents collapsed and roofs of huts were blown away in a number of immigrant villages in the north. Police and army units were summoned to several villages to aid the immigrants.