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Following earthquakes, IsraAID sends relief teams to Japan, Ecuador

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IsraAID volunteers hand out supplies to victims of Japan earthquake FACEBOOK PHOTO
IsraAID volunteers hand out supplies to victims of Japan earthquake FACEBOOK PHOTO

The Israeli international relief organization IsraAID has sent a delegation to southern Japan, where more than 50 people were killed and thousands injured following two strong earthquakes in the Kumamoto province last Thursday.

The Israeli relief delegation in Japan comes after another IsraAID delegation was dispatched to Ecuador, where another earthquake killed more than 70 people and injured hundreds on Saturday.

In addition to distributing food, the IsraAID volunteers are offering medical and psychological assistance to the affected communities.

“In addition to the dozens of volunteers of IsraAID who are working hard to provide support to the teams on the ground IsraAID plans to provide on going support to both countries and regions in need,” the organization said in a statement, the Jerusalem Post reported.

“The devastation is beyond words and tens of thousands of people are taking shelter in the more then 600 evacuation centres,” added Yotam Polizer, IsraAIDs Asia director.

In a statement posted to Facebook, the organization said it would provide much-needed supplies and trauma care to those in need, “as well as open child friendly spaces in the affected area to offer a safe place for women and their children.”