Seven members of the IsraAID NGO flew to storm-battered Houston, where they will join three other members of the group who were already in the United States when Hurricane Harvey caused extensive flooding.
IsraAID regularly responds to natural disasters around the world, and offer disaster management experts, mental health experts, and engineers. In Houston, the group will provide relief work and basic needs including stress relief activities and recreation for those impacted by the disaster.
Houston, the nation’s fourth-largest city, has been severely hit by the slow-moving Hurricane Harvey which has battered Texas and now Louisiana for almost a week. Parts of the Houston area have set a record for rainfall from a single storm anywhere in the continental United States, with a top reading on Tuesday afternoon, since the storm began, of 51.88 inches.
In the coming weeks, IsraAID’s volunteers will also assist with clearing away the debris left behind by the storm waters.
Harvey has been the fiercest hurricane to hit the US in 13 years and the strongest to strike Texas since 1961’s Hurricane Carla, the most powerful Texas hurricane on record.