With the death toll still rising as torrential rains and flooding hit Myanmar (formerly Burma) the President of the International Congregational Fellowship, Dr Geraint Tudur, has sent a message of support to affiliated churches in areas affected by the disaster.
Speaking on the Maes at the National Eisteddfod in Meifod this afternoon, Dr Tudur said he’d been horrified by the destruction and loss of life and urged people to support an appeal to help the quarter-of-a-million people affected by the floods.
“The Myanmar government has today appealed for urgent international aid. If people wish to contribute, they may do so through Christian Aid’s South Asia Floods appeal, or send their contributions to the Union’s office at Tŷ John Penri, 5 Axis Court, Riverside Business Park, Swansea SA7 0AJ, noting ‘Myanmar Appeal.’”
“The Revd Sa Do, a personal friend of mine, is pastor in an area which has suffered terribly. We pray for the families of the dozens who have died, the countless thousands of people affected by the floods, and for the relief workers who are struggling to reach the worse-affected areas,” said Dr Tudur, General Secretary of the Union of Welsh Independent Churches.In a Facebook message, the Revd Sa Do said that local churches are trying to distribute food, water, blankets and medicines – but are hampered by the floods. “My mission team are ready to join the relief efforts when the water level falls,” he said.
Around 50 people have died and countless thousands have been affected by the disaster. A state of emergency has been declared in the four worst-hit regions, and the UN has warned that the death toll is likely to rise as remote areas are reached by aid agencies. A metre of monsoon rain has fallen in some areas in less than a week.