Tens of thousands of Israelis remain without power after heavy storm

Marcy Oster

JERUSALEM (JTA) — Tens of thousands of Israelis remained without power a day after a severe storm passed through the country.

Most of the homes without power on Monday, a day after the lashing rain and strong winds blew through the country, are in central Israel, where traffic and street lights are not working causing dangerous traffic tie-ups.

Hundreds of trees and large branches remain down on the ground as well as felled billboards and power lines. Debris from private homes and building sites also are littering the streets.

A construction worker, 20, was killed Sunday in the central Israeli city of Pardes Hanna when the heavy winds blew down a wall at the site where he was working.

The Israel Electric Corporation blamed the slow power recovery following the brief storm on a dispute with labor unions, charging that the workers were not working on an emergency schedule.

Workers denied that they were dragging their feet, saying that they were overwhelmed by the damage.

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