A NEWS RELEASE
From Global Hunger and Development Appeal (GHDA)
Winnipeg, December 28, 2004 (ELCIC)--GHDA, working with Canadian Lutheran World Relief (CLWR), is accepting financial contributions to help survivors of the catastrophic disaster that swept across parts of south and southeast Asia on Sunday.
According to reports, more than 50,000 people died when a massive earthquake off the west coast of the northern Indonesian island of Sumatra triggered tidal waves that hit the shores of Sri Lanka, Indonesia, India, Thailand, Malaysia, Maldives and Bangladesh. Thousands of people are still missing and hundreds of thousands of people have been
displaced. The full extent of the disaster is still not known in more remote areas in Sri Lanka, India and Indonesia.
CLWR will respond through Action by Churches Together (ACT), a global alliance of international organizations. ACT members are already responding in Sri Lanka, India, and Indonesia.
In Sri Lanka, where more than 18,000 people are said to have died, the National Council of Churches in Sri Lanka (NCCSL) reports that two truckloads of essential food items and water will leave today (December 28) for Muttur in Trincomalee and the other to Thirukovil in Batticaloa, two of the worst hit areas.
In India, ACT member United Evangelical Lutheran Church in India (UELCI) has sent three teams to the hardest hit area and will be assisting people in Orissa, Andhra Pradesh and Tamil Nadu. CLWR has worked in India for many years.
A top World Health Organization official has warned that disease following in the wake of the devastation could kill as many people again. Dr. David Nabarro told a Geneva news conference today that an "infulx of medical supplies and water treatment equipment is crucial to head off the looming health catastrophe."
Children have emerged as the biggest victims of Sunday's quake-born tidal waves. "At least one third of the tens of thousands who died were children," said UNICEF spokesman, Alfred Ironside in New York.
People wishing to help victims of the disaster are encouraged to do so through GHDA/CLWR. Donations may be added to your regular congregational offering this week, or mailed to
Global Hunger and Development Appeal
302-393 Portage Ave
Winnipeg, MB R3B 3H6
Make your cheque out to GHDA and mark it "Asia Earthquake Flooding."
[NOTE: when your donation is marked thus to a special appeal, GHDA forwards 100% to that project]
Donations can also be made by credit card online at www.elcic.ca/ghda