El Salvador: Earthquake - Feb 2001
Extracted from UMCOR Hotline 19 Apr 2002
Hundreds of volunteers have been helping with clean-up following the devastating floods in southern West Virginia. The UMCOR Depot sent 1500 flood buckets containing cleaning supplies, and United Methodists in the area continue to reach out with material resources, helping hands, and pastoral care. Thousands of homes and other buildings will need extensive repairs or will have to be completely rebuilt. To join in relief and recovery efforts, please give to UMCOR's Domestic Disaster Response, Advance #901670-1.
Thousands of people continue to flee the fighting in Lofa County, Liberia. The Liberia Annual Conference conducted an assessment of the situation, and there are now more than 27,000 displaced persons, with the number growing daily. Most of them are women and children and are suffering from coughs, diarrhea, malaria and malnourishment. The death toll among the elderly is ten persons per day.
UMCOR continues to support earthquake recovery efforts in El Salvador and India. The Methodist Church in El Salvador has sent UMCOR a request for $1million to build 500 houses for low-income earthquake survivors. The church is coordinating their work with ACT (Action by Churches Together) which has provided the plans for the homes and other technical support. Please give to Advance #511447-8 "El Salvador Emergency." In India, UMCOR's partner CASA (Church's Auxiliary for Social Action) will be rebuilding 1,249 homes for vulnerable people in seven villages.
Since the beginning of January, at least 44,000 families in western and northern regions of Bolivia have been affected by floods and landslides caused by heavy rains. Homes and crops have been destroyed and roads have been blocked, cutting off communication and transportation. UMCOR has sent a grant to the Evangelical Methodist Church in Bolivia to help provide food relief and medical assistance for people suffering from water-borne illnesses. To join in these relief efforts, please give to UMCOR's International Disaster Response, Advance #982450-8.
UMCOR has sent an additional grant for earthquake relief in El Salvador. More than 1 =BD million people are homeless--nearly one-fifth of the population. This UMCOR grant will provide plastic sheeting, nails and other materials to construct temporary shelters in two communities that have received no other assistance. Please give to UMCOR Advance #911447-8 "El Salvador Earthquake."
The second major earthquake in El Salvador several days ago has compounded the crisis in that country. UMCOR continues to work through its partners to meet the immediate needs for food, water, medical attention and shelter. Residents must endure constant aftershocks and there are fears of increased volcanic activity. UMCOR and its partners, the Methodist Church of El Salvador and ACT (Action by Churches Together, the relief and development arm of the World Council of Churches), are committed to long-term recovery and will focus on rebuilding housing.
By Paul Jeffrey*
SAN SALVADOR, El Salvador (UMNS) -- The earth won't stop shaking in El Salvador. One month after a devastating quake struck this Central American nation, a second major earthquake has killed hundreds more and left even more towns in ruins.