B’nai B’rith International will make disaster relief funds available for victims of storms in the southern United States that have killed 40 people.

The tornadoes and torrential rains throughout Mississippi, Arkansas, Tennessee, Alabama and Texas started early last week.

Some 14 tornadoes hit Mississippi on Dec. 23 and continued through Tennessee, Texas and Arkansas. Nine tornadoes in North Texas over the weekend left more than 1,450 homes destroyed and 11 dead. Heavy rains and floods in the Midwest also left 13 dead.

B’nai B’rith said in a statement that it would work in coalition with other agencies to provide emergency support relief efforts and long-term rebuilding plans through its Flood, Tornado and Hurricane Disaster Relief Fund.

“B’nai B’rith will, without fail, always offer help, to anyone, anywhere in need,” said Daniel Mariaschin, the group’s international executive vice president. “I commend our volunteers, who are already on the ground assisting in the clean up, for their swift response to this devastating situation. We will continue to monitor the type of supplies and assistance needed in the coming days.”

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