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PWRDF and ACT International continue to respond to floods in Asia

August 10, 2007

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The Primate’s World Relief and Development Fund (PWRDF) and all members of Action by Churches Together, (ACT) International have been responding to one of the worst monsoon seasons in many parts of Asia.
The monsoon season (June-September) is a period in Asia where millions of small-scale farmers get rainwater for their subsistence agriculture, especially for paddy cultivation. Unfortunately, this year since mid-June, torrential rains have caused flooding and created havoc in the lives and livelihoods of millions of the impoverished people. The countries most affected are Bangladesh, India, Nepal, Pakistan, Indonesia and China.
PWRDF is working with ACT International, a global alliance of churches and related agencies that assists in disaster response worldwide, to respond to the situation.
Since mid-July, PWRDF provided initial response to appeals in Bangladesh, India and Nepal totalling CAD$67,000.  PWRDF will continue to respond to these emergencies as additional needs are assessed.
Below are current response by country:
PWRDF contribution of $22,000
The money was sent directly to PWRDF’s long-standing and bilateral partner UBINIG (Unnayan Bikalper Nitinirdharoni Gobeshona- Policy Research for Development Alternatives.)
UBINIG will provide rehabilitation to flood affected communities from July- September 2007. They made an immediate response with their own resources, providing food and clothing which were donated from neighbouring communities.  They are working in 24 villages in Cox’s Bazaar and Bandarban districts.
Southern and Western India:
– ACT Appeal US$ 693,600
– PWRDF contribution: CAD$ 15,000
 Heavy rains in different parts of southern and western India have created havoc in the states of Andhra Pradesh, Kerala, Karnataka, Maharashtra and Gujarat. Monsoons coupled with a depression over the Bay of Bengal and a subsequent depression over Gujarat have led to heavy rains causing floods in these states.
On July 9th, ACT issued an appeal of US$ 693,600 to assist the survivors. ACT members Churches Auxiliary for Social Action (CASA) and United Evangelical Lutheran Church in India (UELCI) are assisting the most vulnerable of the affected in Andhra Pradesh, Kerala, Karnataka, Maharashtra and Gujarat.Current relief efforts include:
–  Provision of emergency relief food and non-food items
– Temporary shelter and rehabilitation in the form of repairs to houses and       schools.
– UELCI is targeting an estimated affected population of 6,700 families (33,500 individuals) in 25 villages of 5 districts of Andhra Pradesh.
– CASA has targeted 5,000 families for a 3-5 day feeding programme in the three states of Andhra Pradesh, Karnataka and Kerala.
– Relief Kits along with tarpaulin sheets are being provided to 3,000 families in Andhra Pradesh, 2,000 families in Karnataka, 3,000 families in Gujarat and 2,000 families in Maharashtra.
Northern and Eastern India:
– ACT Rapid Response contribution US$ 49,300
– PWRDF contribution CAD$ 20,000

On 3 August 2007 ACT Coordinating Office Geneva sent US$ 49,300 Lutheran World Service India (LWSI) and Church’s Auxiliary for Social Action (CASA) as a Rapid Response Fund for flood affected communities in West Bengal, India. 
August 10, 2007, LWSI and CASA have developed a full appeal of US$ 1,916,583 to include the response in West Midnapore (west Bengal), but also Orissa, Bihar, Assam and Uttar Pradesh states. 
Current relief efforts include:
– Assistance to 2,700 families affected by the current floods in West Bengal with the support of HDPE polythene, water purification tabs for drinking water, food rations (Rice, Dal, and Wheat)
– Family clothing, fodder for saved livestock, blankets and household articles.
– ACT Rapid Response contribution US$50,000
– PWRDF contribution: CAD$10,000

On July 31, ACT Coordinating Office Geneva sent US$ 50,000 to ACT member Lutheran World Federation Nepal (LWF Nepal) as rapid response fund (RRF). Humanitarian support to the flood survivors in the districts of Banke, Kailali and Jhapa, where ACT/LWF Nepal work in 30 Village Development Committees (VDCs). Since the assessment is in progress, it is not yet possible to indicate the exact number of beneficiaries, but the number of people in need is significant, and it is estimated to be about 8,000 affected families (48,882 persons).  In detail, the support will be reviewed based on a field assessment and in coordination with the DDRC (District Disaster Relief Committee) and Nepal Red Cross. Considering the present situation and the intensity of floods, LWF Nepal plans to initiate an appeal proposal on the basis of a detailed needs assessment during the course of the RRF implementation.
Current relief efforts include:
– Rice, pulses, vegetable oil and salt for 5,000 people for 15 days (approx. 1,000 families)
– Non-food items include: pots & pans, food serving plates, spoons, water glass, water, buckets, blankets and clothing for about 300 families
– Tarpaulin roofing sheet for about 550 families
Pakistan:  ACT Rapid Response Fund contribution US$50,000
Heavy rains continued to fall on Karachi, Pakistan’s largest city, and in surrounding areas throughout southern Pakistan during the last week of June and brought a disaster in the area.  On 28 June 2007, the ACT Coordinating Office Geneva sent US $50,000 to the local ACT member Church World Service Pakistan/Afghanistan. 
Current relief efforts include:
– Provide emergency assistance in the form of food packages and plastic sheeting to the most vulnerable storm affected families in the worst hit areas in Gadap town.
– The relief package for each family consists of:  80 kg wheat flour, 40 kg rice, 7 kg pulses, 10 litres cooking oil, 7 kg sugar, 2 kg tea leaves, 1 kg iodised salt, 2 kg dry milk, 1 carton (12 boxes) matches, 1 plastic sheet to use as roofing material. 
– In addition, 70 plastic sheets are being provided to the local government authority in order to cover the water tanks.
– ACT Rapid Response contribution US$ 43,720

Continuous torrential rains have caused severe flooding in 14 villages in Morowali district, Central Sulawesi.  Days of heavy rain have triggered landslides and floods up to three metres high, submerging hundreds of homes in central Sulawesi. On 30 July 2007, ACT Coordinating Office, Geneva sent US$ 43,720 as a Rapid Response Fund to the local implementing ACT members Yakkum Emergency Unit (YEU) and Yayasan Tanggul Bencana Indonesia (YTBI) who are providing immediate relief in the form of food and non-food items as well as medical services. Church World Service is also responding but is not requesting Rapid Response funding from ACT as they have received funds from another donor (UN-OCHA).
– ACT Appeal US$ 784, 227

Tens of millions of people across southwestern, central and eastern China are grappling with the aftermath of floods that have killed over 332 people.  On August 6, 2007 ACT issued an appeal of US$ 784,227for the assistance of communities affected by the recent floods. ACT member Amity Foundation is proposing assistance to 5,000 of the most vulnerable families in Chongqing Municipality, Anhui and Jiangsu Provinces. The planned emergency relief comprises rice, quilts, sheets and mosquito nets to 4,000 families. Should funding be sufficient, a further 1,000 families will also be assisted through rehabilitation projects including repair to houses, schools, health facilities, water and irrigation systems. Some of the rehabilitation projects might be extended to Hunan and Sichuan, depending on the needs.
You Can Make a Donation:
On-line:  At Canada Helps; after you fill in a donation amount, you can designate your contribution to “Response to Asian Floods”. http://www.canadahelps.orgBy Phone: Contact Barbara Wilkins at (416) 924-9199, ext. 320 for credit card donations.  Please do not send your credit card number by e-mail or fax.
By Mail:  Please make cheques payable to “PWRDF”, mark them for “Asian Floods” (or specify a country) and send to:
The Primate’s World Relief and Development Fund
The Anglican Church of Canada
80 Hayden Street
Toronto, Ontario  M4Y 3G2
For further information on the above emergency responses please contact:
Naba Gurung
PWRDF Emergencies Program Officer
Tel: 416-924-9199 ext. 321
Email: [email protected]

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