Tuesday, December 21, 2010

Israel Forest Fire the Worst Disaster in History

 At least 40 people were killed and dozen were injured as the deadliest forest fire in Israel's history swept through the north of the country. 
A large number of the dead were believed to be Israeli prison wardens on board a bus who had been sent to evacuate prisoners from a local jail as a wall of flame advanced across the forested slopes of the Biblically fabled Carmel Mountains.
Benjamin Netanyahu, the Israeli prime minister, has appealed for international assistance as his attempted to come to grips with one of the deadliest disasters in its 62-year history.
"This is a disaster of unprecedented proportions," he said.
The bus, which was carrying over 50 people, became trapped in flames fanned by a strong easterly wind and overturned, according to the emergency services.
Israeli police said they had initially been able to communicate with those on board before losing radio contact altogether. They said they were aware of a number of casualties on the bus, but were unable to give further details.
[more on the story at The Telegraph]

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