Israel sends experts to help Brazil battle Amazon fires – IsraAid preparing support for the Bahamas
Israel will be dispatching a team of firefighters to assist Brazil with combating the fires that have consumed large swaths of the country’s Amazon rainforest.
The Foreign Ministry said Tuesday that after PM Netanyahu had discussed the matter with Brazilian President Jair Bolsonaro, the 11-member team would depart in the evening to assist Brazilian authorities with search-and-rescue and wildfire operations.
Israel and Brazil have strengthened bilateral ties since Bolsonaro took office earlier this year.
August saw the highest number of fires in the Brazilian Amazon since 2010, and a sharp increase compared to the year before.
The world’s largest tropical rainforest is being ravaged as the number of blazes recorded across the Brazilian Amazon has risen 79 percent this year.
The fires are not limited to Brazil, with at least 10,000 square kilometers burning in Bolivia near its border with Paraguay and Brazil.
IsraAID, the leading Israeli humanitarian NGO, is preparing to deploy an emergency response team to the Bahamas to assess what is expected to be catastrophic damage to the island nation from Hurricane Dorian.
IsraAID’s Emergency Response team will distribute urgent relief supplies, offer Psychological First Aid, and deploy water filters to restore access to drinking water while conducting further needs assessments in affected communities.
Hurricane Dorian made landfall as the strongest Category 5 storm ever to ravage the Bahamas, carrying 185-mph sustained winds and 220-mph wind gusts. At its peak strength, it was the second-largest storm ever recorded in the Atlantic.
Hurricane Dorian has killed at least five people and destroyed as many as 13,000 homes during its path of destruction through the Bahamas.