Hurricane Harvey: Israel to donate $1 million in aid to Jewish community in Houston

Jerusalem: Israel says it will donate $1 million in emergency aid to Houston's Jewish community to aid in post-Harvey recovery efforts.

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People wade through chest deep water due to constant rain from Hurricane Harvey. AP

Diaspora affairs minister Naftali Bennett says in a statement that the funds will be earmarked to help the 60,000-strong community repair and rebuild schools, synagogues and a community center damaged in the storm and floods.

Bennett says that "for years the Jewish communities stood by Israel when it needed their help; now it is our turn to stand by Houston's Jewish community."

The aid money will be submitted for government approval at an upcoming Cabinet meeting. Harvey struck Houston on 25 August and pounded the city with five consecutive days of heavy rains, causing an estimated tens of billions of dollars in damage.

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Updated Date: Sep 04, 2017 19:54:28 IST