As floods devastate southern India, IsraAid throws a lifeline
The international emergency response group is on the ground distributing urgent relief items and assessing the long-term needs of the affected communities.
The rain has stopped, and the citizens are slowly returning. To what, exactly, they're not sure. Unprecedented monsoon flooding has ravaged the southern Indian state of Kerala this week, killing up to 350 people since May and leaving thousands more homeless and stranded.
In the wake of the disaster, relief is arriving in the form of food, provisions, cleaning supplies and hygiene items. A team from IsraAid, an international emergency aid group based in Israel, deployed to Kerala on Tuesday, will focus on assessing the long-term needs of displaced residents, as well as distributing life-saving supplies.
IsraAid, which has been dispatched to Puerto Rico, Dominica, Texas, Louisiana and Greece in recent years to respond to different disasters, operates with the goal of providing long-term support to survivors, from reconstruction to rehabilitation and eventually, to sustainable living.
In the case of Kerala, IsraAid CEO Navonel Glick said several members of the response team are based out of IsraAid's office in Nepal, where floods and earthquakes have taken a tremendous toll in recent years. Those members have received extensive training in humanitarian relief.
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