Natural disasters

Winds whip up large forest fire near Jerusalem

By Sandy Rashty, July 24, 2015

Israeli firefighters are battling to put out a “growing” blaze near Jerusalem.

The fire was ignited in the Beit Shemesh area, east of Jerusalem, on Friday afternoon.

Authorities have said that the fire, which started in the Ya’ar Ha’Nasi forest, is: “Growing at a tremendous rate due to strong winds”.


Jewish teacher speaks of fear as second Nepal earthquake struck

By Sandy Rashty, May 12, 2015

A British Jewish teacher from London who has been travelling around Nepal has described the fear he experienced when the second big earthquake hit the region this morning.


Injured just kept on coming, says Israeli aid worker in Nepal

By Nathan Jeffay, April 29, 2015

A veteran paramedic with Second Intifada experience, Ilan Klein has been on the scene at dozens of terror attacks. But none of them prepared him for the flow of wounded he encountered in Nepal.

“In Israel, if there is, God forbid, an attack, injured people eventually stop coming — but in Nepal they didn’t,” he said on Wednesday, after returning to Israel from a two-day mission.


Family’s relief as London teacher emerges unscathed from Nepal earthquake

By Sandy Rashty, April 28, 2015

The family of a British Jewish teacher spent several days terrified that he had been hurt or killed in the Nepalese earthquake – until he got in touch with them over the internet.

English teacher Simon Warner, a former JFS and Hasmonean High School student, said he was staying in a northern Nepal village when the earthquake hit.


London woman seriously ill in Thai hospital

By Rosa Doherty, January 24, 2014

A Jewish woman from north - west London has been seriously injured in Bangkok and is in need of emergency donors for her rare blood type.

Lara Rose remains in critical condition after being admitted to Samitivej Hospital and has reportedly exhausted the entire supply of B and O donor blood available.

Her surgeon is appealing for more blood as Mrs Rose needs an amount equal to 10 donors.


Israel in the Philippines: IDF relief for Typhoon Haiyan survivors

By Sandy Rashty, November 18, 2013

Israeli authorities sent doctors, civil engineers and psychologists to help the survivors of Typhoon Haiyan.

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Israel and World Jewish Relief rush to Philippines aid

By Sandy Rashty, November 14, 2013

An American Jewish man watched his wife go into labour as Typhoon Haiyan hit their home in the Philippines last Friday.

Dale Streisand, the cousin of Hollywood icon Barbra Streisand, lost his house in the southern province of Bohol — but saw the birth of his newborn baby on Saturday.


IDF heads to Philippines to help storm survivors

By Sandy Rashty, November 12, 2013

Israeli rescue forces and Jewish aid groups have been dispatched to the Philippines to help those affected by Typhoon Haiyan.

The storm swept through the eastern seaboard of the Philippines, before heading west and hitting six central Philippine islands. At least 10,000 people are believed to have been killed.


Jewish charity launches appeal for victims of Philippines typhoon

By Sandy Rashty, November 11, 2013

A British Jewish charity has launched an emergency appeal for the victims of the violent storm in the Philippines .

World Jewish Relief, which offers international support to Jewish and non-Jewish organisations, plan to send aid to the south-east Asian country, where 9.5 million people have been affected by Typhoon Haiyan.


For rockets go indoors; for earthquakes, run outside

By Isabelle Fraser, October 25, 2013

The Israeli Home Front minister, Gilad Erden, has warned that 7,000 people could perish if Israel was hit by a major earthquake.

Speaking to Parliament, Mr Erden added that tens of thousands of citizens could be injured and 200,000 left homeless.