WJR’s plea for quake vic­tims

The Jewish Chronicle - - Community -

WORLD JEWISH Re­lief has launched an emer­gency ap­peal to as­sist those af­fected by the In­done­sian earth­quake.

The United, Re­form and Lib­eral move­ments are among those back­ing the ap­peal, to pro­vide des­per­ately needed clean wa­ter, san­i­ta­tion, tem­po­rary shel­ter and emer­gency health­care for res­i­dents of Padang, one of Su­ma­tra’s largest cities with a pop­u­la­tion of 900,000. WJR chief ex­ec­u­tive Paul An­ti­coni said: “We will be work­ing with trusted part­ners on the ground to en­sure that all funds raised will di­rectly ben­e­fit those who need them most.”

As well as the loss of life, the quake has de­stroyed more than 66,000 homes and se­verely af­fected schools and hos­pi­tals. Dam­age to the city’s wa­ter and sew­er­age sys­tems has in­creased the risk of dis­ease. Fallen bridges and dam­aged roads have lim­ited ac­cess to the most vul­ner­a­ble ar­eas.

“Padang re­mains a scene of dev­as­ta­tion with many parts of the city re­duced to rub­ble,” Mr An­ti­coni said. “Without ur­gent in­ter­ven­tion, suf­fer­ing will in­crease dra­mat­i­cally. Once again, WJR is call­ing on the gen­eros­ity of com­mu­nity mem­bers to give what they can and demon­strate that we care for the vic­tims of such in­dis­crim­i­na­tive dis­as­ters.”

PHOTO: REUTERS, COUR­TESY WWW.ALERTNET.ORG

World Jewish Re­lief hopes the com­mu­nity will give sup­port to those af­fected by the dev­as­ta­tion in Padang

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