CWS situation report: Spring storms 2011 - updated April 28, 2011

More than 200 people have died in a series of destructive tornadoes, mostly in the South, that authorities describe as the worst-single stretch of tornadoes in more than four decades.

Situation:

More than 200 people have died in a series of destructive tornadoes, mostly in the South, that authorities describe as the worst-single stretch of tornadoes in more than four decades.

As of today, some 248 people were reported dead, with 162 deaths reported in Alabama, the worst-hit state. Other states with fatalities included Georgia, Kentucky, Mississippi, Tennessee and Virginia.

President Obama has signed an emergency declaration for Alabama, providing the state with federal support for response efforts, the Federal Emergency Management Agency reported.

Earlier tornadoes affected St. Louis, Mo., where some 1,500 homes were destroyed or damaged.

The tornadoes come as parts of the Middle West -- particularly in areas near the upper Mississippi River, the Ohio River and the Red River in North Dakota -- continue to be threatened by spring floods.

CWS response:

  • CWS is in contact with CWS-member denominations, partner agencies, FEMA Volunteer Liaisons and Volunteer Organizations Active in Disasters as they respond to immediate needs.
  • As the situation moves from immediate search and rescue efforts to long-term recovery work, CWS will respond to requests for training support as well as requests for financial support to get long-term recovery committees organized and operating.
  • CWS will be providing material resources, such as CWS Clean-up Buckets, Hygiene Kits and Blankets, as requested.
  • CWS also continues to monitor river conditions for flooding.

HOW TO HELP: Contributions to support CWS emergency response efforts may be made online, sent to your denomination, or to Church World Service, P.O. Box 968, Elkhart, IN 46515.

ACT Alliance  Church World Service is a member of the ACT Alliance, a global coalition of churches and agencies engaged in development, humanitarian assistance and advocacy.

Media Contact:
Lesley Crosson, 212-870-2676, lcrosson@churchworldservice.org
Jan Dragin, 781-925-1526, jdragin@gis.net


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