Flood in Argentina

Salvation Army Responds to Devastating Floods in Argentina

Flood in Argentina

Buenos, Aires, Argentina (April 5, 2013)—The Salvation Army in Argentina is responding after storms and flooding caused devastation around Buenos Aires, with the city of La Plata being particularly badly hit. Latest reports say that 57 people have been killed in the disaster – 51 in La Plata – and that more than 100,000 homes have been made uninhabitable.

The Salvation Army has joined forces with a local food bank to serve the population that is suffering the consequences of the storm, especially in the Villa Elvira neighbourhood, where The Salvation Army was already present.

The Salvation Army property in Villa Elvira has served as an emergency shelter for 100 people since Tuesday 2 April, and 200 people were provided with food. So far, seven tonnes of food and water have been distributed to community members, along with other essentials such as mattresses and bedding.

Colonel Susan McMillan (Territorial Commander, South America East Territory) reports: ‘The Buenos Aires Divisional Emergency Team is working hard and will continue to do so.’ A group of officer-cadets has also helped the team. The colonel adds: ‘Communications have been difficult as the area is without power, water, telephone service and even cellular phone service.’

She concludes: ‘We would appreciate your prayers for our people – that God would give them wisdom, multiply their resources and keep them safe.’

Donations to support The Salvation Army’s disaster response in Argentina can be made online at <a href=”http://www.salvationarmy.org” target=”_blank”>www.salvationarmy.org</a>.

*Image courtesy of the Associated Press

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On This Day In History: April 5

1953, in Washington, D.C., President Dwight D. Eisenhower inaugurated the ‘Presidential Prayer Breakfast.’ It was later changed to the “Annual National Prayer Breakfast.” As President one year later, he declared a week for The Salvation Army, known as “National Salvation Army Week,” which is now recognized every year in May.

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In the month of April in 1917, The Salvation Army began work in the Virgin Islands. Today, it is part of the Puerto Rico and Virgin Islands Division in the USA Eastern Territory of The Salvation Army. This year they will celebrate their 96th anniversary of Doing The Most Good in the Virgin Islands!

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On This Day In History: March 26

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Happy Groundbreaking Day, Houston International Corps!

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