More than a quarter of a million Filipinos have been adversely affected by Typhoon Ompong (also known as Typhoon Mangkhut), one of the strongest South China Sea storms for many years. Northern parts of the Philippines have been most severely hit, with flooding causing devastation in Northern Luzon, Bataan and Zambales. The Salvation Army was ready to respond before the typhoon hit, and a full emergency response began immediately as needs became apparent.
RECOVERY, medical and support work is continuing in Lombok, Indonesia, following the damaging earthquake which struck on 29 July and subsequent tremors. Following detailed assessments of needs and complex logistics planning, The Salvation Army has been focusing on assisting families and individuals in seven villages.
A 7.3-magnitude earthquake which struck northern Venezuela on Tuesday 21 August is the latest in a string of disasters that have caused nearly 7 per cent of the country’s population to leave in the last two years. Economic and political factors have led to an estimated 2.3 million people leaving their homeland, according to UN figures. Inflation stands at more than 80,000 per cent and four-fifths of Venezuelans now live in poverty.
FLOODING and landslides in Kerala, south-west India, caused by torrential monsoon rains, have claimed 350 lives and caused widespread damage and disruption. More than a quarter of a million people have been stranded and have taken temporary refuge in more than 2,000 emergency shelters which have been set up across the region. The Salvation Army, working in partnership with local authorities and in conjunction with other NGOs, is meeting immediate needs.
10 August 2018
THE Salvation Army in Indonesia is providing medical and other assistance to people who were affected by a series of earthquakes that hit the island of Lombok. The official death toll is reported as 259 people, but provincial officials and local media are reporting that the final number may be closer to 350. According to the government, more than 1,400 people have been injured and at least 156,000 displaced. A 5.9-magnitude earthquake struck on 29 July, followed by 7 and 5.9-magnitude quakes on 5 and 9 August.