Geneva, 30 September 2005
Cyclone Pyaar is the first cyclone of the 2005 monsoon season to have hit the Andhra Pradesh on India's west coast on Tuesday, 20 September 2005. At least 83 people are reported to have died. Hundreds more people remain missing. Property has been severely damaged, as has the communications network, as heavy rains battered most parts of the state. The unprecedented rains, have paralysed normal life completely and has damaged thousands of acres of crops. Homes and fields are covered with sand and have affected the normal livelihood activities. The situation is now slowly improving and in certain areas families are leaving the relief camps to restart their lives.
The ACT members in India - Church's Auxiliary for Social Action (CASA), the Lutheran World Service India (LWSI) and), United Evangelical Lutheran Churches in India (UELCI) have been in contact with each other co-ordinating their responses. This appeal includes the proposals from CASA and UELCI. LWSI will support UELCI and CASA where needed, but will not implement its own programme.
ACT member CASA will focus on relief response in the form of distribution of food and non food items. ACT member UELCI, through its member church Andhra Evangelical Lutheran Church (AELC) and local member Integrated Rural Development of Weaker Sections of India (IRDWSI), will distribute food and non food items as well as provide food for work and agricultural inputs.
Project Completion Date:
CASA - 31 October 2005
UELCI - 31 December 2005
Please kindly send your contributions to either of the following ACT bank accounts:
Account Number - 240-432629.60A
IBAN No: CH46 0024 0240 4326 2960A
Euro Bank Account Number - 240-432629.50Z
IBAN No: CH84 0024 0240 4326 2950Z
Account Name: ACT - Action by Churches Together
8, rue du Rhône
P.O. Box 2600
1211 Geneva 4, SWITZERLAND
Swift address: UBSW CHZH12A
Please also inform the Finance Officer Jessie Kgoroeadira (direct tel. +4122/791.60.38, e-mail address firstname.lastname@example.org) of all pledges/contributions and transfers, including funds sent direct to the implementers, now that the Pledge Form is no longer attached to the Appeal.
We would appreciate being informed of any intent to submit applications for EU, USAID and/or other back donor funding and the subsequent results. We thank you in advance for your kind co-operation.
For further information please contact:
ACT Interim Director, Jenny Borden (phone +41 22 791 6033 or mobile phone + 41 79 203 6055) or
ACT Program Officer, Mieke Weeda (phone +41 22 791 6035 or mobile phone +41 79 285 2916).
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