AN estimated 10,000 households have been affected by a damaging earthquake which has caused devastation in the Hela and Southern Highlands provinces of central Papua New Guinea. The 7.5-magnitude quake, which shook the region in the early hours of Monday 26 February, has claimed at least 16 lives and injured 300 people. Roads and airstrips have been severely affected, making travel in and around the remote region even more difficult than usual. Communications are hampered further by disruption to the power and telephone networks.
THE Salvation Army across southern India is responding after Cyclone Ockhi lashed the coasts of both Kerala and Tamil Nadu states with heavy rain and winds of up 114 miles per hour. Three weeks after the disaster, around 800 fisherman are still missing, with 88 people known to have been killed by the cyclone 70 in Kerala and 18 in Tamil Nadu. Thousands of people in the coastal area lost houses and belongings as the wind and rain caused widespread damage, landslips and floods.
Les associations nationales d’hébergement et de lutte contre l’exclusion ont été réunies aujourd’hui 8 décembre 2017 par le ministre de l’ Intérieur et le ministre de la Cohésion des Territoires pour une présentation du projet gouvernemental d’examen de la situation administrative des étrangers présents dans les centres d’hébergement accueillant les sans-abri.
The Salvation Army International Emergency Services (IES), a department based at International Headquarters, in partnership with The Salvation Army in Uganda and other agencies in the region, have been working to provide relief to thousands of refugees and people seeking asylum in northern Uganda.
GENEROUS donations and tireless volunteers are allowing The Salvation Army in Mexico to respond to disasters across the country after Mexico was hit by two major earthquakes and a hurricane within less than two weeks.
In early September, after receiving warnings about the damage likely to be caused by Hurricane Katia, The Salvation Army sent two canteens to Veracruz. However, before the hurricane could make landfall an earthquake measuring 8.1 magnitude on the Richter scale struck off the south coast of Mexico on 7 September, causing extensive damage in Oaxaca state.
THE Coca-Cola Foundation is providing US$1 million to The Salvation Army to help provide immediate resources for food and shelter in areas impacted by Hurricanes Irma and Maria across the Caribbean, including Puerto Rico and the US Virgin Islands. According to a report on coca-colacompany.com, 'In addition to financial contributions, The Coca-Cola Company and local bottling partners continue to support relief efforts by providing donations of food, beverages and building materials to communities impacted by these devastating natural disasters.'
CATEGORY 5-rated Hurricane Maria is passing through a swathe of Caribbean islands, many of which had already been severely damaged by Hurricane Irma. The storm, with wind speeds of 160 mph (260 kmh) has made landfall in Dominica, and is threatening catastrophic damage and storm surges in its wake. At present, the track of the storm means that the Virgin Islands, Puerto Rico and the Turks and Caicos islands are most at risk.
SALVATION Army emergency responders in Bangladesh are providing practical and emotional support to people affected by flooding in Jessore District. Across the country, an estimated eight million people have been affected by floods, with at least 145 killed.
The South Western District brought together a 12-member rapid-response team, coordinated by the district officer. The team has formed links with local government representatives and met with the Deputy Commissioner of Khulna and Jessore.
HURRICANE Irma has caused devastation in parts of the Caribbean, rendering the island of Barbuda ‘barely habitable’ according to Prime Minister Gaston Browne. The Salvation Army on nearby Antigua is working with the government to provide emergency food supplies to evacuees who have fled the neighbouring island.
THE Salvation Army in Sierra Leone is responding after torrential rains in the capital, Freetown, caused significant floods and devastating landslides. According to the latest reports, almost 400 people are known to have lost their lives – most in a landslide that buried houses in the Regent neighbourhood – and at least 600 are missing. The country's Office of National Security estimates that more than 3,000 people have lost their homes.
The Salvation Army in South America is responding after severe flooding hit communities in Argentina, Brazil and Uruguay, with the Uruguay River – some of which marks the borders between the countries – rising up to 14 metres and breaching its banks in many places.
In Brazil, more than 1,600 people were affected in the municipality of Uruguaiana. The last severe flood was in 1982, so people are not used to dealing with this situation.
THE Salvation Army in The Philippines is providing support to people forced from their homes by terrorist groups known as Maute and Abu Sayyaf, which has links to Daesh. A priest and several churchgoers have been taken hostage by fighters in Marawi City, on the Philippine island of Mindanao, and thousands of residents have fled.
DROUGHT and crop failure in different parts of Africa – particularly in East Africa – is causing a ‘humanitarian crisis of staggering proportions’, according to The Salvation Army’s world leader General André Cox. The international church and charity’s response to the widespread famine is focused initially in northern Kenya, where the country’s president has declared a national disaster in 23 counties.
The two Salvation Army territories in Kenya are joining together to put in place plans to cope with any disturbances that could follow this year's general election. The 2007-8 election led to many outbreaks of violence, catching the government and humanitarian agencies by surprise, with many unable to provide assistance to people seeking refuge.
THE Salvation Army in Mozambique is responding to the first cyclone to make landfall in the country in a decade. Tropical Cyclone Dineo struck the coastal province of Inhambane in mid-February before moving along the coast to the capital, Maputo. Gusts in excess of 180 kilometres per hour left eight people dead and caused destruction to homes and infrastructure.
IN RESPONSE to heavy rain that has led to flooding and mudslides in areas around the Peruvian capital, Lima, The Salvation Army, in liaison with local authorities, has commenced emergency relief in the Chosica and Santa Eulalia communities. The national government has declared a state of emergency in a number of provinces after severe damage to infrastructure which is affecting thousands of people. It is known that at least 20 people have lost their lives.
WHEN Hurricane Matthew swept across the Caribbean in early October 2016, it caused huge devastation across Haiti – particularly in the south of the country. Around 2.1 million people were affected, with 1.4 million people needing humanitarian assistance of whom more than 800,000 required urgent food assistance. The Salvation Army in Haiti reacted quickly, providing cooked meals for several days for 800 people in emergency shelters. This was quickly followed by the provision of rice, beans, oil and corn to approximately 4,000 people.
FRENCH authorities have turned to The Salvation Army to provide assistance to refugees seeking to build a new life in Europe. Long-term programmes have been joined by emergency care provision in a number of places, with Salvation Army teams helping to look after some of the thousands of people now being resettled across France after being removed from the infamous 'Jungle' camp in Calais.
WHEN Hurricane Matthew caused massive damage across Haiti in the first week of October, the neighbouring country of Dominican Republic was also affected. The Salvation Army is responding to flooding caused when heavy rains from the hurricane and subsequent storms led to the Moca River overflowing. Almost 50 homes were destroyed in Espaillat Province, with a further 300 houses being damaged. The flooding also led to businesses being lost, with farmers particularly badly hit.
THE Salvation Army in Italy is making plans to respond to the earthquake on 24 August that brought devastation to the area around the towns of Amatrice, Accumoli and Pescara del Tronto, about 150 kilometres north-east of Rome. At least 240 people are known to have been killed in the quake, with many more yet to be accounted for.
There is not a Salvation Army corps (church) in the vicinity, but consideration is being given as to how best to assist people who have lost everything.