Photos: Brazil Mudslide Relief Efforts

Tuesday, February 1, 2011

Following the massive mid-January floods and landslides in Brazil, The Salvation Army continues to respond to need in affected communities. The Salvation Army of Brazil has posted photos to their Flickr account of damage and disaster relief efforts. We’ve included a few below to share with you a clearer picture of some of the work being done and the challenges that remain for survivors. You can find the full album here.

Supplies, logistical support, and more than 10 tons of donations have gone out to key areas, as well as financial support from The Salvation Army’s World Services Offices (SAWSO), the international arm of The Salvation Army USA. Local Rotary Clubs, businesses, and churches in São Paulo and Sorocaba have also pitched in to assist with disaster relief efforts. It is expected it will take months for local communities to recuperate.

If you’d like to support The Salvation Army’s Brazilian mudslide appeal, please visit https://secure20.salvationarmy.org/donation.jsp to make a donation.

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International Relief Efforts

Monday, September 13, 2010

With so much disaster response taking place right now, we wanted to provide you with a quick update on some of The Salvation Army’s international relief efforts:

PAKISTAN FLOODS

It’s reported that more than 10 percent of the Pakistan’s population has been affected by the flooding. The Salvation Army is working in the provinces of Punjab, Sindh and Khyber Pakhtunkhwa where they continue to pass out household items such as bedding and cooking utensils.

The Salvation Army is preparing to distribute nearly 5,000 tents to families in the south of the country. This will begin in the days following the end of the Muslim festival of Ramadan.

The relief effort is quickening pace as the needed supplies are becoming more available. Plans are in place to help more than 16,000 families in the next month. So far almost 2,000 families have received goods from Salvation Army teams.

To read the full report from our International Headquarters, click here.

[Pakistan floods.]
Major Drew Ruthven of International Emergency Services (with back to camera) hears the story of the flood and the impact on one woman’s family. The family house was under 16′ of water.

INDONESIA VOLCANO ERUPTION

Salvation Army personnel in Indonesia are providing emergency assistance to those made homeless by the eruption of Mount Sinabung on the island of Sumatra. About 29,000 people living in the shadow of the volcano were evacuated.

The local Salvation Army Compassion in Action (CIA) team is working in the town of Kabanjahe and distributed 400 mats and 150 blankets to evacuated villagers. Some assistance has been provided by the government and NGOs but more is required.

Some of the evacuees have already returned home to their villages, but those who live closer to the volcano will stay in emergency shelters until it is safe for them to return.

The Salvation Army Compassion In Action team plans to work in Kabanjahe for the next few weeks.

To read the full report from our International Headquarters, click here.

Salvation Army team members give mattresses and blankets to evacuees.

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The Salvation Army Aids 300 Families in Pakistan Amidst Flood Aftermath

Tuesday, August 17, 2010

The Salvation Army in Pakistan continued its initial response to the floods that have are now thought to have affected 20 million people by distributing bedding and cooking utensil packs to 300 families in Charsada. An assessment team visited Charsada a week earlier and discovered that the floods had devastated the town, wrecking homes and businesses.

The distribution team included Lieut-Colonel Yousaf Ghulam (Chief Secretary of the Salvation Army’s Pakistan Territory) and Lieut-Colonel Rebecca Yousaf (Territorial Secretary for Women’s Ministries).

The first distribution, to 100 families, took place at Charsada Bible Church. Lieut-Colonel Ghulam spoke to community members, offering sympathy.

The Bishop of Peshawar arrived during the distribution and thanked The Salvation Army for its work. Members of the local media were also present and asked many questions about The Salvation Army.

The next distribution was in a hujra (an annex to a main building) in Charsada for two hundred Muslim families. There was a large crowd of people already gathered when the team arrived but the proceedings went smoothly. The chief secretary gave a short message for the community and the bishop offered words of comfort. Local Member of the Provincial Assembly (MPA) Mr Javed Prince added a few words of sympathy for the community.

One of the recipients in Charsada was Noor Ali, a student. He told the Salvation Army team that his family fled their home when the waters began to rise. When they returned home the house was full of water.

He said: ‘We are determined to face this big challenge. We will do hard work to reconstruct our houses. At the moment we are having problems but we are brave and we can fight.’

Imran Azm, a policeman who works in Peshawar, collected supplies for his parents. He told team members that he is determined to provide for his family.

Both Noor and Imran expressed their gratitude for what they described as a ‘token of love’ given by The Salvation Army.

The next day, the team visited Academy Town Corps (Salvation Army church) to meet affected families. Assessment visits were also made to Nowshera, Pabi, Jahangia and Aza khail, all communities near the River Kabul.

In Aza khail the team saw people in desperate need. The community of around 15,000 people was near to the river and its houses were washed away. The people who remain explained that many bodies have yet to be found because they were swept away by the flood or buried under rubble.

The community members asked for tents to provide shelter. The Salvation Army is putting together funds so it can look to buy a large number of tents that will begin to address some of the people’s most urgent needs.

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