Within the few hours of one afternoon, dozens of people were treated for weather-related injuries on Thursday after a freak late-spring storm struck the state for the second time in as many days, sending flash floods through most communities across the country.
As of 6:30 p.m. Israel time, United Hatzalah volunteers across the country had treated 87 patients due to injuries related to the storm.
Most of the cases were contusions, light injuries, hypothermia, injuries resulting from motor vehicle accidents due to the weather, respiratory problems and shortness of breath, and injuries suffered from falling trees. The network of volunteers also dealt with dozens of humanitarian care cases in which people called United Hatzalah’s dispatch center hotline of 1221 for assistance.
President and Founder of United Hatzalah Eli Beer said the organization “has raised the alert level for volunteers across the country due to the many calls for help coming in because of the storm.”