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Salvation Army Launches Emergency Response In China

Salvation Army Launches Emergency Response In China Following 6.6 Magnitude Earthquake

Salvation Army Launches Emergency Response In China

Salvation Army Launches Emergency Response In China

A disaster assessment Team has been dispatched by The Salvation Army to Dingxi City in the Gansu Province of China following an earthquake which struck in the morning of 23 July. The tremors had a magnitude of 6.6 on the Richter scale, causing significant damage to infrastructure and leaving many people homeless. State media reports that at least 75 people were killed and 450 injured, with scores still unaccounted for.

Meeting local officials on arrival, the team from The Salvation Army’s Hong Kong and Macau Command were escorted directly to one of the worst-affected areas – the Ma Jia Ko village of Mai Chun township. The immediate response included a comprehensive needs assessment for the survivors and a visit to patients in a local hospital who had been injured by the quake.

The team, led by Envoy Simon Wong and Major Tony Ma, distributed instant noodles and preserved vegetables to community members most seriously affected by the destruction. Pastoral support was also given to families who had been bereaved.

After a full evaluation of the longer-term requirements, the team will return to Hong Kong next week and submit a proposal to the government for funding to assist the survivors in the next phase of recovery.

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Indonesia Earthquake Hits Salvation Army Communities

Indonesia (August 23, 2012)—Salvationists were among the victims of an earthquake that brought devastation to Indonesia on Saturday 18 August. Five of the six people killed in Lindu District were members of The Salvation Army. Many others have lost their homes.

The earthquake, measuring 6.2 on the Richter Scale, caused devastation across Central Sulawesi Province. Initial reports suggested that Kulawi, Tuwa and Salua Districts had suffered the worst damage but it soon became clear that Lindu had also been badly hit. News was not getting out because all communications were down and the only access road to Lindu was badly damaged.

Major Yusak Tampai, leader of The Salvation Army’s Eastern Palu Division, says that Salvationists make up 90 per cent of the population in Lindu and Kulawi. In Salua about half the community members are Salvationists.

The Salvation Army’s Compassion in Action Team undertook a rapid response to supply food and medical services in Kulawi, Tuwa and Salua on Monday 20 August.

Territorial Commander Commissioner Basuki Kartodarsono was in the province when the earthquake struck. When the news from Lindu came through he visited the district, accompanied by Major Tampai. The visitors travelled by helicopter, which was provided by Helivida (Helimission).

‘It was sad to see the devastation,’ writes Major Tampai, adding: ‘It was a moving experience to visit and pray with Salvationist families in their tents.’

He explains that Tuwa has been provided with government aid and that ‘Salua and Kulawi have been reached by many donations as these are located on the main road. They can be easily reached in the coming days.’ Relief supplies cannot get through to Lindu until the road – nothing more than a track for motorbikes – is reopened, although there is some hope that this will happen today (23 August).

Hundreds of homes have been significantly damaged, along with 25 public buildings including a Salvation Army school and five Salvation Army corps (churches).

Meetings are taking place today to work out the details of the immediate response. Colonel Mike Parker (Chief Secretary, Indonesia Territory) says that more news and specific requests for support will emerge ‘as soon as the coordinating group has completed its work’.