Michael Geller / JDC
Telephone: (212) 885-0838
Jamie Epstein / JDC
Telephone: (212) 885-0849
For Immediate Release
New York, New York, –
In response to Saturday’s flash floods in Russia’s Krasnodar region – which left more than 150 people dead – JDC activated its emergency network and staff in the region immediately began reaching out to the local Jewish population and assessing damage.
Though there were no reported Jewish victims among the dead, a handful of elderly, including Holocaust survivors, reported extensive, and in some cases irreparable damage, to their homes. Rescue teams from Russia’s Ministry of Emergency Situations evacuated many people from their homes.
In the meantime, JDC’s Hesed staff have been in continuous touch with clients in the hardest hit towns of Krimsk, Gelendzhik and Novorossiysk to ensure they are safe and JDC will be aiding in repair and rebuilding costs for homes as damage assessment is completed. There are more than 500 Jews in the affected areas.
The American Jewish Joint Distribution Committee (JDC) is the world’s leading Jewish humanitarian assistance organization. JDC works in more than 70 countries and in Israel to alleviate hunger and hardship, rescue Jews in danger, create lasting connections to Jewish life, and provide immediate relief and long-term development support for victims of natural and man-made disasters.
For more information, please visit www.JDC.org.