Magazine article Anglican Journal

Relief Agencies on the Ground in Quake Region

Magazine article Anglican Journal

Relief Agencies on the Ground in Quake Region

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The Primate's World Relief and Development Fund (PWRDF) has released an initial grant of $10,000 in response to an appeal by Action by Churches Together (ACT) for funds to assist 10,000 families displaced by the massive earthquake that killed at least 54,000 in parts of India and Pakistan on Oct. 8.

The earthquake, which measured 7.6 on the Richter scale, severely hit the Kashmiri border area between India and Pakistan but the tremor was felt as far away as Kabul and New Delhi. In the days after the quake, government officials of both countries said the number of dead could climb. It was the third severe natural disaster to hit India in less than a year--a tsunami devastated its coastline last December, and floods ravaged many parts of the country last summer.

The Archbishop of Canterbury, Rowan Williams, expressed "great distress" in hearing the news and wrote to Bishop Alexander Malik, moderator of the Church of Pakistan, and Bishop James Teron, moderator of the Church of North India, assuring them of his prayers.

"In Britain, where so many of our communities have links with the region, the impact of this tragedy is keenly felt and our thoughts are very much with you," he wrote.

PWRDF, which is accepting donations for earthquake relief, said ACT, of which it is a member agency, is assisting with emergency relief of food and non-food items, as well as construction materials. Another ACT member, Church World Service, is working with local and international groups as well as local authorities in responding to the affected areas. …

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