4-year-old drowns in flooding near Bedouin town

4-year-old drowns in flooding near Bedouin town

Doctors unable to save life of boy who was pulled from the water near Kuseife

Doctors declared a 4-year-old boy dead Thursday after he was swept away by flooding in southern Israel.

The young child had been pulled from the water near the Bedouin town of Kuseife, where paramedics from the Magen David Adom ambulance service worked to resuscitate him.

He arrived at Soroka Medical Center in Beersheba without a pulse and was declared dead shortly thereafter.

The incident came as flash flooding was reported in the south amid heavy rainfall, with police shuttering a portion of Route 90 along the Dead Sea after it flooded.

Precipitation was predicted to reach anywhere from 60 to 200 millimeters (2.3-7.8 inches), with winds possibly reaching 100 kilometers an hour (62 miles per hour).

Israel’s national electric company has advised people to remove any objects from their balconies and rooftops that are susceptible to being blown away or damaged by the storm.

In Jerusalem, temperatures could drop to 14 degrees Celsius (57 degrees Fahrenheit).

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