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19 Nov 2014 description

By David Tereshchuk*

November 18, 2014—In September of this year, South Asia’s worst monsoon season in 50 years caused torrential flooding and landslides that killed hundreds of people in India and Pakistan, and displaced many thousands from their homes.

In India-administered Kashmir—a region that for decades has been disputed territory between the two countries, and where the rains were especially severe—at least 120 people died and 200,000 were left homeless.

08 Jul 2013 description

By Waheed Agha and Donna Fernandes*

Mashkel, Balochistan Province, Pakistan: Rukeya is a home-based ladies’ tailor whose work was affected by the 7.8 magnitude earthquake that struck along the Pakistan-Iran Border in April 2013. Rukeya’s life changed as she saw her business decline. She said, “Our entire life has changed, and nothing is as per schedule. Before the earthquake I had many tailoring orders. Since then, people have different problems, and there are no requests for orders.”

25 Oct 2011 description

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TURKEY: FOOD, BLANKETS FOR EARTHQUAKE SURVIVORS

Since a catastrophic 7.2-magnitude earthquake rocked eastern Turkey on Sunday, October 23, the United Methodist Committee on Relief (UMCOR) has been in conversation with partner International Blue Crescent (IBC), seeking to get emergency supplies to survivors.

At least 270 people were known to have died in the earthquake, whose epicenter was in the town of Ercis. Some 1,300 people were injured in the quake and the 200 aftershocks that rattled the area through Sunday night. Many people remain missing.

11 Apr 2011 description

By Linda Unger*

Stamford, Conn., April 12, 2011—During its semiannual board of directors meeting, the United Methodist Committee on Relief (UMCOR) today approved significant funding to confront emergencies in Japan, Haiti, and Pakistan, and also advanced the process of defining a new vision for the organization.

24 Feb 2011 description

By Linda Unger*

February 24, 2011-"The people who were very poor in Pakistan were made poorer by last year's flooding there," said David Sadoo, International Disaster Response executive for the United Methodist Committee on Relief (UMCOR). "Lay that natural disaster on top of already existing security issues, and it's a very difficult situation."

Sadoo was in Pakistan last December to assess UMCOR's continuing response to the emergency.

06 Aug 2010 description

Food and clean drinking water are among the most urgent needs in Pakistan, as casualties from widespread flooding continue to rise.

Heavier than usual monsoon rains have provoked flooding across the country, killing as many as 1,600 people and affecting up to 4 million, according to news reports, the United Nations, and United Methodist Committee on Relief (UMCOR) partners in Pakistan.

"Given the magnitude of the unprecedented flooding in Pakistan, we are fortunate to have a strong network of partners with whom we can work to provide immediate and long-term relief to …

26 May 2009 description

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PAKISTAN: HELPING THE DISPLACED

The recent political crisis in the Swat region of Pakistan is forcing over 1 million people to flee for safety from heavy fighting in the North-West Frontier Province. UMCOR is providing immediate relief through partner organizations and is in contact with the Church of Pakistan regarding assistance.

UMCOR is supporting Church World Service (CWS) and Muslim Aid to deliver food, shelter, blankets and other supplies in the Mardan and Swabi district.

09 Feb 2009 description

Janat Gul was born in Pakistan as a refugee in 1994, while his country was in the midst of a civil war. Gul was happy to return to his homeland of Afghanistan six years ago. He is one of thousands of Afghan children whose families have returned to Afghanistan since 2002 after having lived in Pakistan as refugees for almost 20 years.

Like many of the children living in the district of Khak-e-Jabar, Afghanistan, Gul lost his father to the war. Gul and his five brothers and sisters live with their mother in a home adjacent to other relatives.

22 May 2007 description

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PAKISTAN: RECONSTRUCTION CONTINUES

UMCOR is assisting International Blue Crescent in reconstructing 19 villages after the 2005 earthquake decimated the area. The project will send five teams trained in earthquake-safe construction techniques to these villages where they will help them rebuild their communities. The program includes male and female social mobilizers to provide additional community support.

UMCOR was able to respond to this need and many others following the earthquake in Pakistan because of the generosity of United Methodists and others.

25 Apr 2007 description

By Linda Beher

STAMFORD, CT, April 24, 2007-Economically vulnerable Sri Lankans who are still finding their footing after the 2004 tsunami are among those to receive aid worth millions of dollars. The action was among several approved April 24 by the board of United Methodist Committee on Relief meeting in Stamford, Conn., and adding to more than $7.6 million.

The aid bolsters a "challenging, complex and often dangerous environment," the Sri Lanka request stated in part. Total granted to the Sri Lanka project was $4,715,395. UMCOR board president Bishop Edward W.

07 Feb 2006 description

DRC: CHOLERA RELIEF

Heavy and irregular rainfall in recent months has caused flooding in the North Katanga Conference in the Democratic Republic of Congo. The excess water has carried a cholera outbreak with it. The North Katanga Conference has developed a community-based plan to stop the spread of this deadly epidemic which includes distributing life-saving medicines.

Give the gift of life by donating to UMCOR Advance #982450, International Disaster Response.

24 Jan 2006 description

PAKISTAN/KASHMIR: EARTHQUAKE RELIEF

03 Jan 2006 description

PAKISTAN/KASHMIR: MEDICAL OUTREACH

20 Dec 2005 description

KATRINA AID TODAY: UMCOR ANNOUNCES PARTNERS

06 Dec 2005 description

PAKISTAN AND KASHMIR: EARTHQUAKE RECOVERY

Worsening weather conditions as winter settles in the Himalayans is hampering relief efforts and heightening the urgency for aid. UMCOR is working with Action by Churches Together International partner organizations in the earthquake-affected areas. Church World Service, CASA and others continue to bring in relief supplies such as winterized tents and food. They are also providing medical care to the injured and sick.

More help is needed.

18 Oct 2005 description

Relief efforts continue in Pakistan through UMCOR partners, Church World Service (CWS) and International Blue Crescent. Poor weather and inaccessible villages have hampered some responses; however with the help of helicopters and creativity both organizations are assisting thousands of survivors.

An estimated 2.5 million people were left homeless by the earthquake. They are facing a long and harsh winter with few resources and little to no shelter. Reports from the area state that shelter and medical care are the most urgent need for survivors, ranking above food and clothing.