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Situation Report: Hurricane Michael

October 15, 2018

Situation Hurricane Michael barreled into Florida’s panhandle on Wednesday, October 10, as a strong Category 4 storm with 155-mph winds. NPR reports that, “The storm hacked a trail of catastrophic destruction in Georgia, the Carolinas and Virginia before finally heading back out over water.” As of midday Friday, October 12, the death toll stood at 11 and more than a …

Situation Report: Earthquake and Tsunami on Indonesia’s Island of Sulawesi

October 1, 2018

SITUATION A 7.5-magnitude earthquake struck Central Sulawesi, Indonesia, on Friday night. The quake, and the resulting tsunami with waves up to about 10 feet high, leveled buildings and brought destruction to the city of Palu and surrounding areas. As of Tuesday evening local time, the death toll has reached 1,234 people, with hundreds more missing. Thousands have been injured, at …

Emergency Appeal: Hurricane Florence

September 20, 2018

Emergency Appeal: Hurricane Florence Appeal code: 628H – 2018 U.S. Hurricane Appeal Situation Hurricane Florence slammed into the North Carolina coast on September 14. The slow-moving storm drenched North and South Carolina with record-breaking rainfall. CNN reports that the storm has been responsible for 36 deaths so far, and thousands remain in shelters. Deadly flooding continues to affect the region, hampering relief efforts as …

Situation Report: Hurricane Florence

September 18, 2018

Appeal code: 628H – 2018 U.S. Hurricane Appeal  SITUATION  Hurricane Florence slammed into North and South Carolina late last week, bringing with it record-breaking rainfall and extreme winds. “The storm is blamed for at least 23 deaths, and life-threatening floods are expected to continue all this week, the National Weather Service says,” according to NPR. Thousands of people took refuge in emergency shelters, …

Church World Service Names New Vice President, Development and Humanitarian Assistance

August 30, 2018

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: September 4, 2018 CONTACT: New York – Church World Service is proud to announce that Josephine D. A. Oguta will assume the role of Vice President, Development and Humanitarian Assistance on September 4. She will be based in Nairobi, Kenya. Over the past 15 years, Oguta has been involved in developing institutional governance programs and structures …