IsraAID Ready to Send Help to Japan

IsraAID deploying two teams of rescue personnel to Japan in wake of devastating earthquake and tsunami.

Published: March 11th 2011
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Aftermath of Earthquake and Tsunami in Japan

IsraAID, a coordinating body of Israeli and Jewish organizations active in development and relief work around the world, are in the midst of deploying two teams of rescue personnel to Japan in the wake of the devastating March 11th earthquake and tsunami.


At 8.9 on the Richter scale, it’s the worst earthquake in Japan in 140 years and the 5th largest in the world since 1900. More than 1,000 people are dead and the tsunami triggered by the quake has already reached Western United States shores.


Immediately following the earthquake struck, UJA Federation of Greater Toronto established its Japan Earthquake Relief Fund to support the life-saving efforts of IsraAID, its affiliated Israel-based humanitarian coordinating organization. Disaster funds raised by UJA Federation will assist IsraAID in sending teams of rescue personnel, emergency medical officers and water pollution purification specialists to Japan.


A spokesman for IsraAid said that their experts are ready to go to Japan, but were looking for ways to reach the affected area, with local airports shut-down.


“We’re in touch with local groups to check the situation in the area,” Shachar Zahavi, chairman IsraAID, said in a telephone interview. “We’re trying to get to the closest airport and then get to the affected area from there.”


"Israel officially offered its help an hour after the earthquake struck,” Mitoshiko Shinomya, the Japanese consul in Israel told Ynet. “It is very heart-warming, but at this point we do not know exactly what the extent of the damage is, so it is difficult for us to say what can be done.”


To contribute to UJA Federation’s Japan Earthquake Relief Fund, visit or call 5705 from the UJA phone system (416.631.5705).

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