After the Fire

Ikea burned down. Many people have lost their workplace, and much property and money was lost.

However, another result of the fire that surprised us, was the rain:

What you see in this picture are two water vessels, usually used to collect rainwater from the roof’s drainpipes. This weekend they were filled with what seems to be black soot. I think the reason it’s so concentrated is because the water containers act as filters: some of the soot stays down, while the relatively cleaner water overflows. This way these two containers collected soot from all over the roof.

These two containers made me think of air pollution, and the effect it has on us. Air pollution is usually invisible. Sometimes you can see it from afar, as a brown cloud of smog over the city, but when you get inside you don’t see it. Once you get used to it you don’t feel it either. But here before me was the result of a single fire, and it doesn’t look pretty.

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4 Responses to After the Fire

  1. benny daon says:

    I feel the pollution every time my asthema kicks in. I’m pretty sure there’s a direct correlation between the number of asthema cases in israel and the quality of the air we’re breathing.

  2. Gal says:

    First of all, congrats on your first personal blog post :)
    Second, this photo was taken after I cleaned the surrounding floor, which was covered with disgusting black soot residues.
    Well, at least we don’t live in Haifa anymore.

  3. Daniel Brodie says:

    @Imri: Just ask anybody who hasn’t lived in the “Center” who came to live there for a few years and they feel it strongly as well .

    @benny: I have heard from a doctor who lived in Modi’in that she claimed (I have nothing but her word on it, but it seems sound) that it is a well known fact that the percentage of kids in Modiin that have asthma is relatively high because the soot from Tel-Aviv and that area blows in from the sea and gets ‘stuck’ climbing the mountain to Jerusalem causing a lot of it to sit on Modiin.

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