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Jewish community in India mostly unaffected by deadly floods
At least 324 people killed in flooding in southern Indian state of Kerala in what local officials call worst flooding in 100 years.

by Mordechai Sones, JTA
August 25, 2018

Jewish community in India mostly unaffected by deadly floods
Partially submerged road at flooded area in southern state of Kerala, India.

The Jewish community in Kerala has largely escaped harm from the deadly floods in the southern Indian state, one member of the community told JTA.

More than 350 people have been killed and over 1 million have been displaced by the floods, which started in June and are the worst the state has experienced in a century. But the small Jewish community is mostly unaffected, said Ofera Elias, who lives in the city of Ernakulam.

The community has about 26 members, most of whom reside in areas that were not flooded, Elias, 56, told JTA. Two membersí houses were flooded; the families found shelter elsewhere.

However, Elias said he was not sure of the fate of the one functioning synagogues because the floods had prevented her and her husband from going there. She said three synagogues that are no longer used by the community for religious services have experienced flooding.

Kerala is home to a historic Jewish community, but most members left for Israel starting in the early 1950s.

On Tuesday, IsrAID dispatched a three-person relief team to the state. The group, assembled from the organizationís team stationed in Nepal since the 2015 earthquake, includes an engineer, project manager and relief specialist, co-CEO Yotam Polizer told JTA.


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