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Caritas rallies to aid of typhoon victims
Caritas Australia has committed US$10,000 in emergency relief to provide food, water and shelter to the people of Chuuk, in Micronesia, who have been devastated by Typhoon Chataan.
The typhoon went through the island state at the start of this month, killing up to 40 people and injuring more than 100.
About 1500 people have been left homeless after three days of heavy rain caused six landslides on five islands.
Chuuk residents had been warned to stay in their homes to shelter from the typhoon, but this advice uiltimately magnified the death toll when villages were hit by the landslides.
As well, basic food crops were destroyed and some water sources have been contaminated.
Caritas Australia national director Jack de Groot said the disaster had devastated the people of Chuuk.
“Caritas will provide funds to relieve the immediate need for food, drinking water and temporary shelter,” he said.
Chuuk, part of the Federated States of Micronesia, is 1000km from Guam. It has a population of 63,000 people who live on 40 islands. Without regular boats or planes it is one of the most isolated countries on earth.
Caritas has also renewed its appeal for donations to alleviate the food crisis in southern Africa where 13 million people are facing starvation in the coming months.
Donations can be made by calling 1800 024 413, visiting the website www.caritas.org.au or by ordinary post to Caritas Australia, 19 Mackenzie St, North Sydney, 2060.