Magazine article Anglican Journal

Quick Response to Two Calamities (Church Aids in Earthquake Relief in India and El Salvador)

Magazine article Anglican Journal

Quick Response to Two Calamities (Church Aids in Earthquake Relief in India and El Salvador)

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PWRDF joins in world effort

Canadian Anglicans have responded quickly to help victims of two natural disasters which happened in the space of three weeks, in two different parts of the world.

In India, the Primate's World Relief and Development Fund (PWRDF) immediately made an initial grant of $15,000 to assist victims of the January 26 earthquake disaster in the state of Gujarat. As the estimated death toll rose from an estimated 10,000 to more than 100,000, PWRDF said it expects that more grants will follow.

The PWRDF grant was part of a larger grant of $100,000 from Action By Churches Together (ACT), a worldwide alliance of churches and related agencies with a coordinated emergency response system.

ACT sent emergency teams to the devastated area in India to create shelters and distribute food and other relief items such as blankets, clothes, and water. A mass exodus from the area from those fearing aftershocks was reported just days after the huge quake, which measured 7.9 on the Richter Scale. Meanwhile, former residents were flooding in to the area to try to find family members and salvage belongings.

The earthquake in India was the area's worst since 1956.

It pushed an earlier quake in El Salvador off the front pages and effectively out of the news. That quake, which struck on January 13, killed an estimated 700 people, destroyed thousands of homes, injured a further 400 and left at least 1300 missing. Over 1,000 were reported missing in an area west of the capital where a mile-long landslide buried hundreds of homes. …

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