BWA: India Cyclone

Baptist World Aid (BWAid), the relief and development arm of the Baptist World Alliance (BWA) has pledged $10,000 for relief following the October 29 super cyclone that hit Orissa, India.
Communication is still difficult and BWAid has been unable to make direct contact with local Baptist leaders. This cyclone came just a few weeks after an earlier devastating one, and is estimated to have affected over 10 million people.

Bonny Resu, from Nagaland, India, the secretary of the Asian Baptist Fellowship, reports that "the numbers of casualties are mounting - from the official estimate of some hundreds initially has now risen to about 9,000 dead. Thousands more are suspected to have been swept to the sea." Resu estimates that it will take months and perhaps years to restore the area to normalcy, and has asked for BWAid's assistance.

BWAid is ready to help Baptists in Orissa as they care for those in need, but communication problems, also experienced by Resu, make it difficult to fully assess the role that local Baptists can play. Resu is planning to visit the area on behalf of the BWA and ABF.

Paul Montacute, BWAid Director, indicated that "it is BWAid's experience with such devastating cyclones that the relief and rebuilding effort will need to continue for many months ahead. Funds received by BWAid will be used directly to assist local and national Baptist leaders in helping those in need."

Donations should be designated for "India Cyclone Relief"

Baptist World Aid
Baptist World Alliance
6733 Curran Street
McLean, VA, 22101, USA
Phone: +1 703 790 8980
Fax: +1 703 790 5719

Contacts: Paul Montacute or Lee Hickman

A US tax receipt will be issued.

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