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Friday, 3 December 2010

Day two of the fire

I came back home this morning around 9.00. Spend all night in hospital and had a CT scan. Fortunately it is "just" a bronchitis and not another lung embolism as I had 2 years ago. I was happy to leave as the hospital was overcrowded with patients coming in from the evacuated hospital and some rescue people who had inhaled smoke. The sky over the mountain is orange yellow. Pictures below are taken from our kibbutz.
















All of Israel's 1500 firefighters nationwide have come up North. Our kibbutz send a car with foodsupplies to the firefighters. Planes flying over all the time, filling up with water from the sea and trying to fight the fire. Planes and helicopters arrived from many countries in Europe, Turkey, Greece, Cyprus, Croatia, Britain, Russia (send a huge plain that carries 42 ton of water, where Israeli planes carry one ton!), Azerbayjan, Spain, USA, 4 Dutch helicopters are to arrive monday...Egypt send 10 ton of fire extuinguish material. Bulgaria send 97 firemen. Jordan send 3 firetrucks with crews. It is really heartwarming to see how everybody tries together to end this catastrophe.



The strong wind is going westwards. You can see my kibbutz in the yellow block and see the fire is going away from us, but the direction can change anytime. 16.000 people have been evacuated already. As for now 42 people have died and many wild animals. By now over 30.000 dunams have burned. They have already arrested 2 people suspected of arson and talk about eco-terrorism. It will take up to 50 years to repair the damage to the natinal park, Carmel mountain.


Please God, send us rain.
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Denise said...

I'm so sorry!! My thoughts are with you.

Pierelantijntjes said...

Echt vreselijk Elsina. Ik hoorde net op het nieuws op de radio dat Nederland ook wat blusvliegtuigen o.i.d. stuurt. Die kunnen er dan maandag zijn.
Gelukkig dat het geen longembolie is, de angst blijft toch bij je he? beterschap en sterkte met alles rondom de brand.
groetjes van Ester

Shirley1md said...

Oh my gosh! I am sooo sorry to read about this terrible fire! I hope they can get it under control very quickly!

Glad to read that you are feeling much better!

Best wishes to you and your family for a very Happy Chanukah!

THE BLACK BARN said...

MEID,IK HEB DIE BRAND OP TV GEZIEN.
IK MOEST GELIJK AAN JULLIE DENKEN.
IK WENS JE VEEL STERKTE MET ALLES.

LIEVE GROET UIT KOUD HOLLAND,

MIRANDA