Israeli Embassy, Chabad House in Kathmandu house Israelis left shelterless from quake

April 26, 2015 17:17
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Since Saturday evening, both the Israeli Embassy and the Chabad House in Kathmandu have become hubs for Israelis in need of shelter and with no where else to turn.

Two hours after Sunday's 6.7-magnitude aftershock occurred, Chabad House Rabbi Chezki Lifshitz and his wife Chani newly posted on their Facebook page, calling upon  Israelis in Nepal to refrain from traveling around unnecessarily.

"Kathmandu looks like a real ghost town," they wrote. "We are cut off from electricity, telephones and water, and slowly, slowly our basic commodities are running out."

Nonetheless, the Lifshitzes said they are managing to serve hot meals "to everyone in need, around the clock."

"We here at the Chabad House – which has gradually transformed into a makeshift refugee camp – are putting in every effort to help everyone in everything that is needed – if it's physical help and if it's mental help," they wrote on Facebook. "Since our communication is cut off most of the time, understand the fact that it takes a long time to reach us."

While The Jerusalem Post briefly reached the LIfshitzes directly by email, the couple wrote back that their lack of electricity, water and telephones was making communication difficult, and that they would speak further when infrastructure was more stable.

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