ERD assists flood victims in China

Episcopal Relief and Development is providing emergency assistance to flood victims in southern China. Several weeks of torrential rain in the country has caused flooding and mudslides, destroying at least 76,000 homes, killing over 500 people, and displacing almost 2 million others.

The floods have damaged crops, reservoirs, roads, and rail lines. Throughout the region, vast areas are now muddy lakes and mountain villages are demolished. Typically, China's flood season lasts from June to August.

On behalf of Episcopalians, Episcopal Relief and Development is providing emergency assistance to the most vulnerable people affected by the floods in the areas of Xinshao, Lianyuan, Anhua, and Xinhua counties in Hunan Province and Qingzhen County in Guizhou Province. ERD is working with Church World Service to supply food, quilts, and medicines to protect against water-borne diseases. Additionally, these funds will provide mosquito nets to vulnerable men, women, children, and the elderly.

"ERD's support will help those families displaced and left homeless during one of the deadliest summer rainy seasons in a decade," said Robert Radtke, ERD President.

To make a contribution to help people immediately after disasters, donate to the Emergency Relief Fund at in the "Ways to Give" section, or call 1-800-334-7626, ext. 5129. Gifts can be mailed to: Episcopal Relief and Development, Emergency Relief Fund, PO Box 12043, Newark, NJ 07101.

Episcopal Relief and Development, an independent 501(c) 3 organization, saves lives and builds hope in communities around the world. We provide emergency assistance in times of crisis and rebuild after disasters. We enable communities to climb out of poverty by offering long-term solutions in the areas of food security and health care, including HIV/AIDS and