IsraAid sending aid team to help Louisiana flood victims


( An Israeli international aid organization is sending a team of relief workers to help those affected by the Baton Rouge flood.

The eight-person delegation from IsraAid will help residents collect personal items from the wreckage and help return them to a normal routine.

Flooding in Baton Rouge, La. Credit: NOLA via screenshot from YouTube.

More than 13 people were killed and more than 60,000 houses were damaged due to flooding from a torrent of rain over three days.

"We've been following how the storm and flooding have been developing over the last few days." IsraAid Global Programs Director Naama Gorodischer told Yedioth Achronoth. "With the help of our local partners, we've been able to get a good situation report on the extent of the damage, and the urgent need for assistance and rehabilitation."

Gorodischer, who is overseeing the delegation traveling to Louisiana this weekend, said the team is expected to arrive when the water levels subside, which will enable them to start working immediately.

IsraAid has helped American communities recover from natural disasters such as Hurricane Sandy and Hurricane Katrina. 

Posted on August 25, 2016 .