Alliance News Feed – Torrential Rains Slam Indonesia, Causing Deadly Floods
The death toll from flooding in the Sentani area of Papua, Indonesia, had risen to 104 as of Wednesday, March 20, with nearly 10,000 people displaced from their homes. Floodwaters and landslides destroyed roads and bridges in several areas, hampering rescue efforts, the Associated Press reported. Mass burials are being planned for the victims of flash floods.
Although no Alliance international workers have been affected, C&MA (GKII) churches report there have been two deaths and ten houses swept away. All homes on Lake Sentani are flooded; many churches have not reported as of this writing. The Alliance Bible school in the area (STT Levinus) is flooded, with many students having lost their belongings.
An aid center has been established at one of the largest Alliance churches (Ebenhazer Church), and CAMA personnel and an Alliance worker are on the ground distributing water, tarps, and food. The Indonesia Alliance relief arm (Tents of Compassion) is working with local Alliance district and field leaders to see how they can best assist victims in Jesus’ name. Pray that the church will be galvanized to reach out to unbelievers and come alongside Christians during this very difficult time.
Further updates will be reported as the situation unfolds.
Source: Alliance News Feed – Torrential Rains Slam Indonesia, Causing Deadly Floods