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MCC appeals for donations for Asia disasters
October 2, 2009
AKRON, Pa. — Mennonite Central Committee is appealing for an initial $100,000 to assist people in Asia whose homes and lives were devastated by recent earthquakes and flooding.
Two earthquakes struck the island of Sumatra in Indonesia, the first on Wednesday, Sept. 30, and the second on Thursday, Oct. 1. The earthquakes caused buildings to collapse and trapped thousands under rubble. On Friday, the United Nations reported that 1,100 people had died.
Earlier in the week, Typhoon Ketsana wreaked havoc in Southeast Asia as heavy rainfall caused widespread flooding and mudslides. Hundred of people have died and at least 500,000 were displaced.
Ketsana prompted the worst flooding in the northern Philippines in 40 years when it struck Saturday, Sept. 26, and then continued its deadly path across Southeast Asia. It battered central Vietnam with powerful winds and heavy rain and then weakened as it moved into Cambodia and Laos.
The $100,000 (USD) will be used to provide immediate shelter, food and other emergency supplies to people in Indonesia and the Philippines and to meet longer-term recovery needs in Vietnam. These are countries where MCC has workers or connections with Mennonite congregations.
MCC is aware that needs may increase as Typhoon Parma is expected to hit the Philippines again, north of Manila, on Saturday. MCC is also monitoring the ongoing needs of people in Cambodia and Laos, who suffered damage from Ketsana too.
Financial contributions may be made to any MCC office, online at donate.mcc.org or by telephoning toll free:
In Canada: 1-888-622-6337
Gifts should be designated for MCC’s “Asia disasters.”