ELKHART, IN--In the wake of this week's rolling disasters across the Asia Pacific region and recent serious flooding in regions of the U.S., global humanitarian agency Church World Service is calling on its donors and the public nationwide for increased support, as the agency responds to the latest events and begins to assess longer term recovery needs.
The agency is also heightening its appeal for contributions to support the increasing food crisis and famine in Kenya.
"We are urgently asking for help," says Church World Service Executive Director, the Rev. John L.
A sub-sea earthquake appears to be the cause of a massive tsunami some 120 miles off the coast of Samoa, an island in the South Pacific home to around 475,000 people. The 8.0-magnitude earthquake created a tsunami that eyewitnesses say was around 20 feet high, engulfing buildings around the island's perimeter.
The Independent State of Samoa sustained at least 110 casualties, while at least 24 lost their lives in the adjoining U.S. territory of American Samoa.
In early January, Cyclone Heta ravaged American Samoa, in the South Pacific, destroying or severely damaging some 1,600 homes, causing infrastructure damage, and damaging or destroying fruit and vegetable crops. Ninety percent of the affected families live below poverty level.