The drought in Israel has been continuing now for three years. Bedouin of the Negev?
The drought in Israel has been continuing now for three years. Bedouin of the Negev area have been forced to sell or slaughter their flocks for lack of pasture land and crops have also been seriously affected.
There was only a third of the average rainfall during the recent short winter season. Water is rationed in many places, and for most of the country this year has been the driest since records were started over a hundred years ago. The Shoval Dam, near Beersheba, has been dry for the third consecutive year, and in many wells the level is dangerously low.
The Government is to ask the United States for a substantial loan to meet the difficulties caused by the drought, and the need for water from the River Jordan to irrigate the Negev is now greater than ever.