THE Salvation Army in Guatemala is helping people affected by the eruption of the Fuego volcano, which has claimed at least 75 lives. Thousands of people are now living in temporary shelter, and President Jimmy Morales has declared three days of national mourning. The number of fatalities is likely to rise significantly once emergency responders can dig through the layers of ash that have covered some communities. At present, the ash in some places remains too hot for excavation to be possible.
This statement is supported by: CAFOD, Christian Aid, Global One, Islamic Relief Worldwide, The Joint Learning Initiative on Faith & Local Communities, Muslim Charities Forum, The Lutheran World Federation, The Salvation Army International, World Evangelical Alliance, and World Vision
THE 2017 Atlantic hurricane season was one of the worst in living memory. Major damage was recorded in Mexico and central America, and across the southern states of the USA but perhaps the most significant devastation was seen on some of the Caribbean islands. The Salvation Army's Caribbean, Latin America North and USA Eastern Territories, utilising staff and officers from corps (Salvation Army churches) across the region, was on the scene immediately, providing emergency help and aid to those in the greatest need. More than six months later, the response continues.
AN estimated 10,000 households have been affected by a damaging earthquake which has caused devastation in the Hela and Southern Highlands provinces of central Papua New Guinea. The 7.5-magnitude quake, which shook the region in the early hours of Monday 26 February, has claimed at least 16 lives and injured 300 people. Roads and airstrips have been severely affected, making travel in and around the remote region even more difficult than usual. Communications are hampered further by disruption to the power and telephone networks.
THE Salvation Army across southern India is responding after Cyclone Ockhi lashed the coasts of both Kerala and Tamil Nadu states with heavy rain and winds of up 114 miles per hour. Three weeks after the disaster, around 800 fisherman are still missing, with 88 people known to have been killed by the cyclone 70 in Kerala and 18 in Tamil Nadu. Thousands of people in the coastal area lost houses and belongings as the wind and rain caused widespread damage, landslips and floods.