October 10, 2005
An earthquake with a magnitude of 7.6 on the Richter scale hit Pakistan on Saturday, October 8, with aftershocks continuing for most of the day.
This earthquake is already being described as the worst disaster in Pakistan's 58-year history. The death toll is rising steeply and some reports now estimate as many as 30,000 people may have died, and 50,000 injured.
Church World Service (CWS) is working in Pakistan and has dispatched assessment teams and basic health units into devastated areas. Already, CWS has been able to assist 1,600 families with emergency food and shelter and is preparing to expand that to 15,000 families, along with establishing medical camps to serve 50,000 to 100,000 people.
Action by Churches Together is responding to CWS's efforts with a grant from the ACT Rapid Response Fund. A major appeal is expected to be issued in response to this disaster through CWS and ACT within the next 24 hours.
The United Church of Christ has responded with an initial gift of $20,000 from One Great Hour of Sharing.
How you can help:
1. Pray for the people who have been affected by the earthquake in Pakistan and all disasters.
2. To help those affected by this disaster you may send gifts payable to your congregation marked for Southern Asia Earthquake, with the request they are sent through your Conference office on to Wider Church Ministries.
3. Send gifts payable to Wider Church Ministries and marked in the memo portion Southern Asia Earthquake, to Wider Church Ministries; 700 Prospect Avenue, Cleveland, OH 44115.
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