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Prayer Request: "Super Cyclone" Hits India

Tropical Cyclone Phailin's path as of noon on Saturday. Image courtesy of the Pacific Disaster Center's weather unit. pdc.org/weatherTropical Cyclone Phailin made landfall near coastal Orissa (also called Odisha in some news reports), a region with several One Child Matters programs.

Our staff reports that several thousand people have been evacuated from the fishing villages along the coast, and news stories mention that as many as 500,000 people had been evacuated before the storm hit.

Tropical Cyclone Phailin is considered a severe storm, with winds well over 100mph; it is expected to dump at least 4-8 inches of rain in most areas. In strength and size, Phailin is considered comparable to Hurricane Katrina, and the area in which it made landfall is home to thousands who live in simple homes made of thatch and tin. Bangladesh is also receiving massive amounts of rain as the storm surges.

(The Medical Mercy team that was serving in India this week is departing from another region and is thus far unaffected by the storm.)

Please pray with us for the safety of the children and their families, for our staff who have families of their own, and for our projects that often become places of refuge in times like this.

You can help us respond to the crises wrought by storms such as Phailin by making a donation to our Children's Crisis Fund. Every donation helps us meet the immediate needs of families devastated by disasters and illnesses.

Thank again for your prayers, and for your partnership for the benefit of the children!

 

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