Israeli, U.S. Jewish groups provide earthquake relief for Japan and Ecuador

An image of the destruction leveled by two major earthquakes in Japan since Thursday. Credit: YouTube screenshot.

( The Israeli international relief organization IsraAID has sent a delegation to southern Japan, where more than 50 people have been killed and thousands have been injured as a result of two strong earthquakes in the Kumamoto province since 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 American Jewish Joint Distribution Committee (JDC) humanitarian group also responded to the earthquakes in both countries. In Ecuador, JDC said it is "assessing needs and coordinating relief efforts with both the Jewish community of Ecuador and longstanding partner Heart to Heart International focusing on medical care, medical supply provision, and water purification efforts," while also opening a fundraising webpage. For Japan, JDC disbursed a $25,000 grant for emergency supplies to its partner on the ground, the Japanese humanitarian agency "JEN." 

Posted on April 18, 2016 .