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Storm causes serious damages in Jenin district

Dec. 12, 2013 8:35 P.M. (Updated: Dec. 13, 2013 10:16 P.M.)
JENIN (Ma'an) -- The storm sweeping Palestine has caused serious damages in the Jenin district of the northern West Bank, local officials told Ma'an.

Rescue teams evacuated an old house in the village of Kafr Rai after it was cracked open as a result of heavy rains, village mayor Majid al-Sheikh Ibrahim said.

After the family was out of the building, Palestinian civil defense forces tore it down as it could have fallen and endangered neighboring houses, Ibrahim said.

The family was taken to another house provided by the municipality.

A spokesperson for the Palestinian civil defense forces told Ma'an that rescue teams had attended to 35 emergency incidents across the district caused by the storm.

Four houses became flooded with rainwater in Qabatiya south of Jenin, in addition to another house and a medical center in the village of Bartaa al-Sharqiyya. The buildings were evacuated and water was pumped out by rescue teams, the spokesperson said.

In the town of Arraba nearby, the main road was shut down as a result of soil erosion.

Additionally, fire fighters contained a fire that broke out in a poultry farm in the village of Silat al-Thahir.
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