Israeli aid group to assist Missouri flood victims

By REUTERS
January 1, 2016 03:18
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Israel-based humanitarian aid organization IsraAID says it will send a team to assist victims of extreme flooding in the United States.

Missouri and Illinois were bracing for more flooding on Thursday as rain-swollen rivers, some at record heights, overflowed their banks, washing out hundreds of structures and leaving thousands of people displaced from their homes.

In response, IsraAID, which provided emergency relief in the United States after 2006’s Hurricane Katrina, said that it “is coordinating with national partners and officials” and has a team of seven to 10 disaster specialists “on standby ready to deploy to the affected region.”

Since Katrina, “tornadoes, winter storms, wildfires, and flooding have taken IsraAID teams to 10 states across the United States, reaching thousands and helping them with debris removal, all implemented in cooperation with national organizations and local governments.

“As swollen rivers and streams push to heights not seen in nearly a quarter-century, officials in Missouri and Illinois are scrambling to help the tens of thousands who are left homeless. With record breaking storms in Texas and Mississippi as well, first responders, volunteers, and local communities are going through a difficult holiday season, with the death toll and number of displaced growing,” the group said.

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