News and Press Release
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SITUATION: Heavy tropical rains have caused flooding in northeastern Brazil, severely affecting rural areas in the states of Pernambuco and Alagoas. The flooding has caused severe damage to more than 100 communities.

Most affected: the town of Santana do Mundaú, in Alagoas state. The city has been totally destroyed and will need to be rebuilt in another area, away from a riverbank, authorities said.

At least 72 persons have died and some 157,000 people are displaced in the flooding of Pernambuco and Alagoas states. Authorities have declared states of emergency in both regions.

CWS RESPONSE: CWS will support ACT Alliance efforts in the affected areas. ACT member assessments are underway; ACT Alliance member and CWS partner KOINONIA is among those responding, working with its local partner, the Organization of Rural Workers. The organization, known by the acronym STTR, will work with KOINONIA and focus efforts on assisting affected rural families.

KOINONIA and STTR will have the leading role in the implementation of the ACT response. The response is planned to take place at two levels: a) immediate relief including food, tents, clothes, blankets and potable water until the normal water supply is restored; and b) support to re-establish farm production with equipment, seeds and tools. There may be a need to provide support for rebuilding homes. This will be determined after full assessments are complete.

HOW TO HELP: Contributions to support CWS emergency work may be sent to your denomination or to Church World Service, P.O. Box 968, Elkhart, IN, 46515.

Church World Service is a member of the ACT Alliance, a global coalition of churches and agencies engaged in development, humanitarian assistance and advocacy.

For further information about disasters to which Church World Service is responding please visit or call the CWS Hotline, (800) 297-1516.

CWS Development and Humanitarian Assistance Program special contacts: (212) 870-3151

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