United Methodist Committee on Relief

The UMCOR Hotline for July 13, 2016

In this issue of the UMCOR Hotline, learn how UMCOR is working with partners to bring relief to survivors of Cyclone Roanu, which damaged and displaced hundreds of thousands of Bangladeshis; and view in photos the aftermath of flooding in West Virginia and early steps toward relief and recovery.


A NASA satellite photo captures the moment when Cyclone Roanu approached Bangladesh last May. The storm displaced half a million people, damaging homes and livelihoods
When Cyclone Roanu struck Bangladesh in May, it displaced half a million people, severely damaged livelihoods, and killed 27. Coastal communities were hardest hit.

The United Methodist Committee on Relief (UMCOR) is working together with HEED Bangladesh and Muslim Aid to provide emergency food relief, much-needed hygiene kits, and cash disbursements that allow survivors to meet their own emergency priorities.

In Bhola District, which covers an island about 80 miles from the capital, Dhaka, some 750 homes were destroyed and another 2,000 were damaged. Residents have been running short of food, safe drinking water, clothing, and shelter since the storm. UMCOR is working with HEED, a local Bangladeshi nongovernmental organization, to meet emergency food needs.

In the upazila (or county) of Banskhali, more than half the households are expected to need assistance. A storm-related tidal surge overwhelmed the protective embankments and flooded homes and the fish farms and salt fields that provide livelihoods for local people. Here, UMCOR is partnering with Muslim Aid, a Britain-based humanitarian aid organization with work in 70 countries and a field office in Bangladesh. Read more here.

Your gift to International Disaster Response, Advance #982450, helps UMCOR respond through trusted partners around the world to disasters like that provoked by Cyclone Roanu.


Bishop Sandra Steiner Ball of the West Virginia Annual Conference invited UMCOR to accompany her and other conference personnel as they visited communities hard hit by last month’s historic flooding.

Severe weather with heavy rains rolled through West Virginia June 23 and 24, provoking floods that left thousands of people in the dark, damaged hundreds of homes and killed 23 people.

Cathy Earl, UMCOR U.S. Disaster Response program manager, noted that at least nine United Methodist churches also were damaged in the floods. “But that didn’t stop the people of The United Methodist Church from responding to their neighbors! Food, water, and relief supplies were offered with a compassion I can only describe as ‘easy,’” she said. View a slide show here.

UMCOR sets aside as much as 10 percent of its total granting in response to a disaster to assist local communities rebuild or repair their houses of worship.

Earl was there to support the conference’s planning for their recovery ministries. Ahead of the storm, UMCOR had assisted the conference with disaster-preparedness training and in establishing its own New Vision Depot for relief supplies. Afterward, it provided an emergency grant to help with relief work in the affected communities, as well as cleaning buckets.

“I was so impressed by the conference response in this early phase, and also by the determination of the leadership to support the local churches as they aided community recovery,” Earl said.

Your gift to U.S. Disaster Response, Advance #901670, helps UMCOR respond in a timely way to disasters and crises across the United States.

UMCOR provides emergency relief in many areas of the world. To find out more about UMCOR's ministries, please visit You can donate to any project by placing a contribution in the offering plate at a local United Methodist church by sending a check to:

PO Box 9068
New York, NY 10087-9068
or by calling 1-800-554-8583, where credit card donations are accepted. You can also give online by clicking any of the "DONATE" links or make a $10 donation anytime by texting "UMCOR" to 41444 to support our relief efforts around the world. UMCOR is exempt from tax under section 501(c)(3) of the Internal Revenue Code of the United States and qualifies for the maximum charitable contribution deduction by donors.

Please pray for those who are hungry, displaced, sick, or in poverty because of these and other natural and human-made disasters, and for the workers who minister with them.
Photo & Video Caption

Image 1: A NASA satellite photo captures the moment when Cyclone Roanu approached Bangladesh last May. The storm displaced half a million people, damaging homes and livelihoods. Photo by NASA, LANCE/EOSDIS Rapid Response, captured on Terra satellite, via Wikimedia Commons

Video: The United Methodist Church is responding to last month’s historic flooding in West Virginia, with support from UMCOR. View a slide show. Photos: Mike DuBose


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