Tag Archives: disaster
Posted on 13. May, 2015 by Umer Khan.
This post was written by Umer Khan, LWR’s Senior Director for Emergency Operations, just days before a second 7.3 magnitude earthquake struck parts of Nepal. LWR staff on the ground report they are safe and continue to work to reach out to people affected by the April 25 earthquake. If you’d like to learn more […]
Posted on 12. May, 2015 by Dan Ruth.
A second, 7.3 magnitude earthquake hit Nepal this morning, less than three weeks after the first, 7.8 magnitude quake. Reuters reports that at least 37 people have been killed and panic is spreading. Lutheran World Relief staff are all safe and are continuing to assess the situation. Nicole Hark, LWR’s Deputy Regional Director for Asia & […]
Posted on 26. Dec, 2014 by Lutheran World Relief.
Today marks the 10-year anniversary of the devastating Indian Ocean tsunami that swept through Asia, forever changing the lives of hundreds of thousands of people. In total, 227,898 people were killed or were missing and presumed dead and about 1.7 million people were displaced in 14 countries in South Asia and East Africa. The tsunami […]
Think a relief operation isn’t a good time to train aid workers on quality and accountability? Think again.
Posted on 21. Feb, 2014 by Loren Hyatt.
Originally posted at The Sphere Project. Used with permission. It’s hot. You’re standing in the sweltering sun and have been waiting in line for more than an hour for a relief packet, and you’re not even sure what it contains. No one knows when staff from the aid agency managing the distribution are arriving. Patience […]
Posted on 16. Jan, 2014 by Loren Hyatt.
Originally published at the Huffington Post… Two months ago, Typhoon Haiyan swept across the Philippines, killing more than 6,000 people, damaging or destroying more than one million houses and displacing more than four million people. With heavy rains and winds gusting nearly 200 mph, the storm left a path of death and destruction, affecting an […]
Posted on 11. Dec, 2013 by Dan Ruth.
A lot of positive work has been done. There’s a long way to go. Over the past week I have tagged along with LWR staff in the Philippines to continue our work helping people recover from Typhoon Haiyan, which hit this island nation just over a month ago. This week I traveled around three of […]
Posted on 02. Dec, 2013 by Loren Hyatt.
This past week, I had the chance to celebrate Thanksgiving with my husband’s family. All of my in-laws from across the country came together to celebrate family and give thanks for all that we have been given. As we gathered around the table for our Thanksgiving meal on Thursday, I was happy to be surrounded […]
Posted on 21. Nov, 2013 by Loren Hyatt.
“God, please save my seven children!” Marivic Arabes pled as Typhoon Haiyan devastated the coastal town of Poblacion Barangay, where she and her family live. As Typhoon Haiyan approached Marivic’s village, she gathered her seven children and fled across the street to a neighbor’s house to take refuge from the coming storm, along with ten […]
Posted on 18. Nov, 2013 by Loren Hyatt.
On November 8, Leonora Compuesta, a 38-year old mother of five, heard that Typhoon Haiyan was approaching the Philippines and that the storm might hit Cebu Province where she and her family live. As the storm approached and Leonora realized how unusually strong it was, she instructed her children to take refuge in a neighbor’s […]
Posted on 15. Nov, 2013 by Emily Sollie.
One week after Super Typhoon Haiyan ripped through the central Philippines, the situation is desperate. The most recent report from the United Nations tells us that 11.8 million children, women and men have been affected, more than 920,000 people are without homes and thousands have died as a result of the storm. Our staff on […]
Posted on 11. Nov, 2013 by Lutheran World Relief.
Just before dawn last Friday, Super Typhoon Haiyan roared onshore with wind gusts up to 235 mph, waves up to 45 feet in some areas, and nearly 16 inches of rainfall. The death toll is mounting. It is currently estimated that this storm, the most powerful cyclone of the past three decades, has killed nearly 10,000 […]