Current Disaster Response
Explosions in Beruit
UMCOR has awarded solidarity grants to The Middle East Council of Churches, the Forum for Development, Culture and Dialogue and the Joint Christian Committee (Department of Service to Palestinian Refugees, Lebanon) in support of their local response to the August 4 explosion. These funds will help to procure and deliver essential food and hygiene supplies, nonfood items such as bedding and cooking supplies, and provide psychosocial support for vulnerable children and adults.
Flooding in Nepal
Monsoon rains have resulted in flooding and landslides in several municipalities across the country. As of mid-July, more than 300 homes have been damaged; hundreds of people have died, are injured, or have been reported as missing. An UMCOR solidarity grant is providing immediate relief assistance in the form of food kits and hygiene supplies for rural communities.
Tropical storms Amanda and Cristobal
In late May and early June, Amanda and Cristobal impacted regions across El Salvador. Amanda has been considered the worst storm to affect El Salvador in 22 years. An estimated 2,800 hectares of crops were damaged and around 30,000 structures were damaged or likely destroyed by flooding and landslides. A grant to the Salvadoran Lutheran Synod is providing assistance through food baskets, medicine and hygiene kits, metal material for roof repair and small stoves to 130 families affected by the storms as well the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic.
Flooding in East Congo
The people of East Congo endured severe flooding that claimed lives, homes, churches and schools in late April. UMCOR is working with both the North Katanga and East Congo episcopal areas and is offering support to the local disaster management coordinators and volunteers as they respond to urgent community needs. Food such as rice, cornmeal and oil have been distributed to flood survivors.
Taal Volcano Eruption in the Philippines
In partnership with UMCOR, the Manila Episcopal Area Disaster Management Office identified and distributed food and water, sanitation and hygiene (WASH) needs to those displaced by the eruption in mid-January. Continued coordination and communication in the disaster recovery efforts are ongoing, such as working to restore livelihoods once evacuees return to their villages.
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