Indigenous ministries help cyclone victims in Burma

May 06, 2008

In the midst of the chaos wrought by Cyclone Nargis this weekend, it is estimated that the death toll has doubled since yesterday. Rangoon, the commercial capital of the country, was devastated by the storm. Hundreds of thousands of people in Burma are now without shelter or clean water to drink.

Thousands of people have been killed due to the cyclone that ripped through Burma at 120 mph early Saturday morning. The death toll keeps rising. On May 6 the government radio station reported that 22,000 deaths are confirmed and 41,000 people are still missing.

"The area southwest of Rangoon was hardest hit and may have sustained the worst damage. Houses in rural areas are often built with bamboo or wood, therefore more vulnerable.

In Rangoon, all of the large trees surrounding our area were totally destroyed and no power poles are left on the street. However, there was relatively minor damage to our church building and the office headquarters. Sadly, no one has heard anything about the ministry´s children or disabled centers in the outlying areas. We are asking for your prayers that these children and the infirmed will be safe."