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CLWR assists in emergency efforts following severe earthquake in Peru

Friday, August 17, 2007

Winnipeg-based Canadian Lutheran World Relief (CLWR) is issuing an emergency appeal to support relief efforts in Peru following a massive earthquake on Wednesday evening.

Despite the challenges of damaged transportation and communication infrastructures, assessment teams continue to evaluate the earthquake’s impact in less accessible, vulnerable and poor rural areas. National and local authorities indicate that there are approximately 17,000 families affected (mostly by loss of home) in the regions of Ica, Lima and Huancavelica. Adobe houses which are common throughout the region have crumbled and current winter temperatures range from 0 – 10°C depending on elevation. Urgent needs include: drinking water, shelter, medicines, clothes and non-perishable food items.

CLWR is responding to the disaster as a partner in Action by Churches Together (ACT) International, a global alliance of churches and related agencies working to save lives and support communities in emergencies worldwide.

CLWR’s ongoing long-term development programming in Peru will continue without interruption. These activities are concentrated in the region of Ancash which is north of Lima, over 1000km from the epicentre of the earthquake.

Canadians can support these relief operations by making a donation to CLWR’s Emergency Appeal – Peru, via the CLWR website www.clwr.org or by calling 1.800.661.2597 or through your LCC congregation.

Further information or to speak to a representative in Peru:
Daranne Harris
CLWR Communications Director
1.800.661.2597; 204.631.0504 (office)
204.612.0886 (cell)

CLWR carries out international emergency relief, development programming, refugee resettlement and alternative trade merchandising on behalf of the two major Lutheran church bodies in Canada (the Evangelical Lutheran Church in Canada and Lutheran Church–Canada).

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