By Liz O'Neill
In little more than one week, a series of horrific natural disasters has carved a swath of destruction from the tiny island of Samoa west to a massive section of southern India. The storms, earthquakes and monsoon rains have killed hundreds and left millions homeless.
Catholic Relief Services has increased commitments to deliver immediate and long-term aid to thousands of survivors.
"It's hard for us to comprehend these major disasters occurring in just a few days," says CRS President Ken Hackett.
Catholic Relief Services, with our partners, is expanding the emergency response to the horrific series of earthquakes that have left hundreds dead and thousands homeless in Indonesia, while simultaneously continuing our efforts to help victims of flooding in the Philippines and Vietnam, and a devastating tsunami in Samoa.
As the death toll rises in Indonesia and with Typhoon Parma bearing down on the Philippines, CRS is working with church partners and other relief agencies to assess needs and provide immediate assistance.
"We have mobilized, and with our Caritas Catholic …
Catholic Relief Services is responding to a horrific series of earthquakes that have left hundreds dead and thousands homeless in Indonesia, even as CRS continues its efforts to help victims of flooding in the Philippines and Vietnam, and a devastating tsunami in Samoa.
Working with church partners and other relief agencies, CRS personnel in Indonesia are getting disaster relief supplies-tarpaulins, plastic mats and other items needed by the newly homeless-to the Padang area of Indonesia where the quakes, followed by mudslides due to heavy rain, have left widespread …
Catholic Relief Services has mounted a multi-pronged relief effort in response to a succession of disasters that have pummeled the Asia-Pacific region this week.
Following quickly on the heels of the devastating Typhoon Ketsana that struck the Philippines, Vietnam and Cambodia, causing hundreds of deaths and displacing thousands of families, a tsunami triggered by an earthquake swept over villages in Samoa.
CRS Commits $1 Million for Emergency Relief in Southeast Asia
Manila, Philippines, September 30, 2009 - Catholic Relief Services (CRS) is mobilizing in multiple countries in Southeast Asia, battered by a typhoon, a tsunami and an earthquake over the last week. While the immediate focus is on rescue efforts and emergency relief, CRS and partner Caritas Internationalis (CI) are already planning for the long-term reconstruction vital to recovery efforts.
Typhoon Ketsana (known locally as Typhoon Ondoy) made landfall in The Philippines on Saturday, September 26.