Jerusalem (May. 15)
Relief Rushed Victims; Six Jews Killed-Many Injured
A heavy torrential rain again swept down on Tiberias today complicating the work of rescue and frightening the refugees who survived the cloudburst of yesterday. Not a single roof is left on the houses of Tiberias, while the flood waters have not receded, but are increasing.
The number of dead is given by the authorities at twenty-nine with the casualties mounting. A number are listed as missing and eighteen are among the injured, including six Jews.
The Jewish dead include:
Rabbi Moshe Yifrah, 70.
His wife, 60.
Rabbi Chaim Samgeh.
Four hundred houses and stores in Tiberias have been badly damaged and the property loss is estimated at $500,000. An appeal for help was issued today by the Tiberias community stating that 900 are homeless and in need of food and shelter.
A campaign has been started all over Palestine to provide relief for the Tiberias flood victims.
The Haifa Jewish community collected hundreds of blankets and sheets for bed for the refugees.
The Palestine government is rushing large quantities of food for the emergency kitchens, which have been established near Tiberias.
The Agudath Israel of Jerusalem, orthodox Jewish organization, sent 2,000 loaves of bread, 6,000 eggs and quantities of old clothes for the refugees. The Agudist Chief Rabbi Zvi Bushinsky proclaimed a one hour memory prayer for the victims.
Telephone communications with Tiberias have been limited to official messages between government agencies.
The Jewish Agency for Palestine dispatched a special investigator to Tiberias to establish the needs of the survivors.
Twenty-three victims were buried today amid scenes of tragedy and desolation. The six Jewish bodies were buried separately. The other six victims are unburied as yet.
Authorities declared that at least ten more bodies of flood victims would be found under water.
Seventy-eight injured received aid in hospitals, while twenty-seven of the seriously injured remained in hospitals.
Motor lorries from Jerusalem, Tel Aviv and other points were pressed into service to rush supplies to Tiberias.