Israeli Org Deploys in the Philippines in Wake of Devastating Tropical Storm

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Photo by TPS on 6 January, 2019

Israeli Org Deploys in the Philippines in Wake of Devastating Tropical Storm

 

 

By Aryeh Savir/TPS • 6 January, 2019

An Israeli emergency organization with global reach has deployed teams to the Philippines following Tropical Depression Usman, which has wreaked havoc in the country and killed at least 122 people.

The tropical storm caused flooding, landslides, and the displacing of more than 75 thousand families.

The Philippines National Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Council (NDRRMC) reported that some 30 people remained missing while dozens of others were injured.

IsraAID Philippines has deployed an emergency response team to the Sagnay municipality in the Camarines Sur province to conduct a rapid needs assessment and provide urgent relief items as well as psychosocial support to those affected.

“Amid mass evacuations, a rising death toll and severe infrastructural damage following the tropical depression, communities in Camarines Sur are in need of support,” IsraAID co-CEOs Yotam Polizer and Navonel Glick stated.

“This is the second storm that IsraAID Philippines has responded to in the past year, in addition to half a decade of experience working in the country,” they added.

Humanitarian organization IsraAID is usually one of the first teams on the ground in disaster areas.

Over the past year, IsraAID has provided disaster relief to communities affected by hurricanes throughout the US and by wildfires in Santa Rosa, California, as well as natural disasters in the Philippines and even Indonesia.

IsraAID has responded to crises in 47 countries, and currently has programs in 18 countries.

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