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Relief fund aids quake victims

AHMEDABAD, India— The devastating February quake in Gujarat State in India left at least 30,000 people dead and millions homeless, Christian Relief Fund worker Edward Rouse reported to The Christian Chronicle in March.
“Almost 400 children in the town of Anjar died instantly in the India quake. They were marching through narrow streets in the Republic Day Parade when collapsing walls buried them,” Rouse said.
“We have lost everything,” is the recurring cry in the quake zone, he said.
Christian Relief Fund, Amarillo, Texas, is leading in humanitarian efforts in India. Relief supplies, including tents, cooking utensils, candles and food, are being shipped from Hyderabad to the city of Bhuj and to the districts of Kutch and Anjar, according to CRF personnel in Amarillo.
“State agencies are slow responding to crises and when they respond, there are complaints of discrimination,” Rouse commented. “Christian organizations render aid more effectively be-cause they remain on site longer and show great concern for those suffering from the disaster.”
One result of the quake is increased evangelism. Following the quake, a church has begun in Bhuj, with 22 people baptized, reported evangelist Paul Renganathan.

Filed under: International Staff Reports

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