Published On: Sun, Aug 28th, 2016

IsraAID NGO Assisting Rescue Efforts in Italy After Deadly Earthquake

The Israeli team is the only foreign NGO working alongside Italian counterparts.

IsraAID, an Israeli humanitarian NGO has arrived in Italy to assist rescue efforts after this week’s devastating earthquake.

The organization sent team of 20-member including trauma specialists, relief workers and search-and-rescue squad to Italy on the night of August 25.

IsraAID delegation is the first foreign, non-governmental humanitarian group that responds to emergency crises with recovery efforts at the earthquake, Jewish Philanthropy reported.

The magnitude 6.2 earthquake is described as Italy’s worst earthquake in seven years, struck central Italy on Wednesday night,  killing at least 290 people. Some 400 people are reported injured, and about 2, 500 people are sheltered  in temporary camps after their homes were destroyed, according Italy’s Civil Protection Agency.

 

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The death toll keeps rising as more bodies are found among the rubble from what is described as Italy’s worst earthquake in seven years. In the town of Amatrice alone, 230 residents and tourists have lost their lives.

 

“IsraAID was able to send the team thanks to the support of The Ted Arison Family Foundation, ” reported founding director Shachar Zahavi.

IsraAID’s Mickey Noam Alon reports:

 “While working in the temporary shelter of Scai, we met Gabriele Gabiza, an 82 years old man who lives alone in a traditional house that’s over a 150 years old.

“Gabiza was asleep at home when the quake hit leaving part of his house completely collapsed and walls filled with cracks. Like hundreds of others, Gabiza was left stranded in the middle of the night, without shelter or a safe roof over his head.

“After hours of wondering through what remained of the streets, Gabiza headed to one of the community shelters that was erected within 24 hours of the quake.

When I met him, he was clearly exhausted, shocked and confused. He was straddling slowly with his walking stick unsure of where to go.

Immediately an IsraAID team member helped him to find a place to sit, offered him a warm blanket and some water.”

IsraAID’s teams often assist disaster-stricken areas across the world.

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