Israel Loses Contact With 120 Nationals in Indian Flooding

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A motorist drives through a flooded highway on the outskirts of Indian capital New Delhi after heavy monsoon rains on Sunday. Photo: AFP
By TPS • 11 July, 2023

Jerusalem, 11 July, 2023 (TPS) — About 120 Israeli travelers in northern India cannot be reached due to a lack of cellphone connections and downed power lines amid flash floods triggered by monsoon rains, the Foreign Ministry in Jerusalem said Tuesday.

The Israeli embassy in New Delhi is trying to connect with the travelers and make sure that they are safe.

At least 49 people have died in India since the weekend as flash floods and landslides washed away bridges and vehicles, blocked roads and destroyed buildings following days of intense rainfall. Flooding has submerged 67 villages.

Indian authorities are warning travelers to avoid traveling amid rivers overflowing their banks, the risk of landslides and more rain being forecast.

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In May, Israeli Foreign Minister Eli Cohen made an official visit to India, where he engaged in talks on strengthening relations between the two countries.

Cohen attended the Confederation of Indian Industry (CII) India-Israel Business Forum in Delhi, saying that he would raise the issue of a free trade agreement during his meeting with Prime Minister Narendra Modi.

Israel’s top diplomat was also present for the signing of three memorandums of understanding between Jerusalem and New Delhi and met with his Indian counterpart Subrahmanyam Jaishankar.

Israel and India are celebrating 30 years of diplomatic relations. Cohen’s trip followed recent visits by Israel’s Economy Minister Nir Barkat and Knesset Speaker Amir Ohana.

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