Episcopal Relief and Development helps families in Mexico after floods

Report
from Episcopal Relief and Development
Published on 16 Apr 2004
Episcopal Relief and Development is providing emergency supplies to families left homeless in northern Mexico after devastating floods in early April. The town of Piedras Negras on the Escondido River, about 150 miles southwest of San Antonio, Texas, was declared a disaster area.
Torrential rain caused the river to overflow, triggering flash floods and killing 33 people, damaging or destroying 600 homes, and leaving at least two thousand people homeless. Local officials called the flooding some of the worst in the region's history.

"The church in Piedras Negras is now a shelter and many people sleep in just blankets," said the Rt. Rev. Marcelino Rivera Delgado, Bishop of Northern Mexico. "The congregation prepares food for many people even for those living in other areas. The situation is very sad," stated Bishop Rivera.

On behalf of the Episcopal Church, Episcopal Relief and Development is providing emergency assistance to the Diocese of Northern Mexico for people left homeless by the floods. ERD is supplying shelter, clothing, blankets, bedding, and food to families.

To help people and respond immediately after disasters around the world, donate to the Disaster Relief Fund online at www.er-d.org, or call (800) 334-7626, ext. 5129. Gifts can be mailed to: Episcopal Relief and Development, c/o Disaster Relief Fund, PO Box 12043, Newark, NJ 07101.

Episcopal Relief and Development is an effective, reliable, and vital ministry of the Episcopal Church in communities around the world. Episcopal Relief and Development provides emergency assistance in times of disaster, rebuilds devastated communities after the immediate crisis is over, and offers long-term solutions to help people sustain safer, healthier, and more productive lives.

Contact: Ayana Davis
(800) 334-7626