Ethne Frontier Crisis Response Network is Responding to Cyclone NargisMay 15th, 2008 | By Beram | | Print This Post |
The Ethne Frontier Crisis Response network is responding to Cyclone Nargis in Myanmar. On Monday, May 19 there will be a meeting of Myanmar church leaders and outside donors, relief and aid agency leaders, and support service ministry leaders. Our strategy involves long term thinking..strategic response for the advancement of the Kingdom …AND..bringing all our resources to bear in a way that will EMPOWER the local Body (in this case, the Body of Christ in Myanmar).
Anyone interested in helping can contact Beram at email@example.com
Pray for those affected and pray for open doors from the government to allow aid and aid workers in the affected areas. The lack of government permission is heartbreaking as the people suffer without help. Many could die from lack of food and water and disease.
Cyclone Nargis struck Myanmar on 2 and 3 May 2008, making landfall in Ayeyarwady Division and directly hitting the country’s largest city, Yangon. Many observers expect the death toll to continue to rise because some of the hardest hit areas along the Irrawaddy River are still inaccessible.
Assessment teams have reported major damage in affected areas, particularly the low-lying delta region, where the Cyclone’s impact was compounded by a storm surge. The official death toll now stands at 38,491, with 27,838 missing. Unofficial estimates are considerably higher. Based on the original Government figure of 975,858 persons affected three days after the disaster
in the eight most seriously hit townships, the UN now estimates that between 1.6 and 2.5 million people may be severely affected. (www.relief.int)
Urgent Needs: Medicine and medical supplies are much needed. Food is another need, as prices have skyrocketed, with some staples tripling in cost. Many communities desperately need clean water and water purifiers because thousands of displaced people are living in close quarters where infectious diseases are easily spread. There is also an urgent need for tents and other temporary shelters for all the families whose homes have been destroyed. Aside from these physical needs there are other challenges for aid organizations. Communication is a problem because most powerlines and phone lines have been knocked down. Transportation is also difficult because of fuel shortages, blocked roads, and many of the smaller boats that would be used to reach flooded areas were destroyed by the cyclone.