Typhoon Linda, which tore through southern
Vietnam during the night of November 2, 1997, was the worst typhoon to
strike that area in 100 years.
The media is focusing a lot of attention
on the increase in Pacific Ocean temperatures in what is called the "El
Niño" (pronounced "ell-neenyo"). This ocean surface
temperature effect was named originally by Peruvian fishermen after the
Christ Child because the El Niño effect often is most noticeable around
When Hurricane Pauline slammed into the southern Pacific coast of Mexico on Thursday Oct. 9., up to 20 inches of rain fell in some areas in less than 24 hours. Reports indicated maximum sustained winds in excess of 100 miles per hour. Hardest hit was the resort town of Acapulco, where many of the homes were ill-equipped to handle the winds and water. Flooding and mudslides caused severe damage to the city. Pauline is likely the most destructive hurricane along this coast of Mexico for the past 50 years. According the Mexican Red Cross, the loss of life is estimated at over 400.
October 20, 1997-- The Red Cross, in collaboration with the Teamsters Union and United Airlines, is sending thousands of comfort kits to victims of Hurricane Pauline in Mexico. Ten thousand Red Cross comfort kits have already been sent, and a Teamsters official drove a shipment of 13,000 more from Sacramento to Los Angeles this morning. United Airlines will ship the kits out of L.A.X. beginning today. The comfort kits contain personal hygiene items such as deodorant, body powder, shampoo, soap, toothpaste, toothbrushes, combs, and wash cloths, plus puzzles for children.
October 14, 1997-- Thousands of
people remain homeless in three Pacific coast states of Mexico after Hurricane
Pauline struck on Thursday, packing winds of up to 120 miles per hour and
dumping up to 20 inches of rain in less than 24 hours in some areas. Flooding
and mudslides caused further destruction. More than 200 have been
killed, and this number is expected to rise.
Thousands of residents are being inoculated against typhoid fever and tetanus, as it is now feared that epidemics could threaten many in this largely poor region, where drinking water has become contaminated.
Postal Service Donates Money to Hurricane
Victims in Mexico
The U.S. Postal Service, which offers a wire transfer service targeted toward the Hispanic market in California, Texas and Illinois, will be donating the fees for these services to the victims of Hurricane Pauline from October 14 through October 21. During this period, every time someone wires money to Mexico, the U.S. Postal Service will donate the fees to the American Red Cross, to be sent to Mexico.
WASHINGTON, July 30, 1997 -- The American Red Cross said today that the food situation in North Korea continues to worsen. Mark Preslan, American Red Cross Korea specialist who visited North Korea last month, said, "All indications are that the situation is desperate and will continue to spiral downward, placing millions of people at risk, including 2.6 million children."
Posted on Wed, 25 Jun 1997 07:52:46 GMT
Three weeks of practically non-stop rain in Chile have left 18 people dead and
Posted on Fri, 20 Jun 1997 07:12:10 GMT
Following is the latest update on International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC)
activities in Afghanistan.
Posted on Fri, 20 Jun 1997 06:59:52 GMT
The security situation in the northern Caucasus is still highly volatile. In Chechnya
especially, kidnappings and assassinations are still common, despite considerable
efforts made by the authorities since the elections in January.
At the same time, the need for humanitarian assistance is evident, especially
among vulnerable groups such as displaced people, the elderly and the disabled.
Korean-flagged ship will enter North Korea's Hongnam Harbor on
June 24 with food aid donated from private organizations, according to
Joong-ang Ilbo newspaper.
An official at the South Korean National Red Cross (KNRC) said Tuesday,
"The Changyoungho of Changyoung Maritime Transportation will set sail from
Pusan Harbor on the 22nd with 1,000 tons of flour and 150,000 boxes of
ramyon (instant noodles) and enter North Korea's Hongnam Harbor on the
The Iranian Red Crescent Society (IRCS) has sent more
than 4,300 relief workers and volunteers to northeastern
Iran where a devastating earthquake killed at least 2,400
people and injured as many as 6,000.
The quake, measuring 7.1 on the Richter scale, shook the
Khorasan province on Saturday. It was the worst earthquake to hit Iran since
1990 when a magnitude 7.7 killed some 50,000 people. The IFRC reports that
WASHINGTON, May 12, 1997 - The catastrophic
earthquake measuring 7.1 on the Richter scale that struck Irans eastern
province of Khorasan on Saturday has left 2,400 people dead and injured as many as 40,000. More than 150 villages were
either wholly or partially destroyed affecting 10,000 families in this remote and mountainous region that borders Afghanistan.
The Iranian Red Crescent Society (IRCS) dispatched 4,300 relief volunteers who rushed to the scene this weekend to help dig
WASHINGTON, March 18, 1997 - As
the violence in Albania continues, the Red Cross has mobilized relief and
medical assistance and has launched an appeal for $9.9 million to cover
the needs of the victims in Albania for an initial period of three months.
While the situation in Tirana is calmer today, the situation remains cause
Albania is increasingly cut off from the outside world and is currently receiving no supplies of food or medicine with the
WASHINGTON, March 10, 1997 - As
refugees in Eastern Zaire flee the latest advance of Alliance troops, the
Red Cross is
deeply concerned about the fate of at least 200,000 people extremely weakened by being constantly on the run from the
advancing frontlines of the conflict. The rapid change in the frontlines has made it difficult for relief agencies to provide
assistance to the fleeing population; however, Zairian Red Cross workers in Kisangi, the new frontline, remain on the scene to
provide assistance to 5,000 displaced Zairians.
WASHINGTON, March 4, 1997 - The
catastrophic earthquake measuring 5.5 on the Richter scale that struck
northwestern province of Ardebil in Iran, has left 965 people dead and 2,600 injured. More than 100 villages have been
damaged, of which 83 have been completely destroyed. More than 1,000 people are receiving medical treatment in hospitals and clinics located in Namin, Sarab, and Sarien.
Iranian Red Crescent quickly mobilized some 2,000 relief workers from the Ardebil branch as well as from neighboring