Russian Far East Devasted by Flooding
Over the past few weeks, the Russian Far East has been devastated by the worst flooding in 120 years. According to the latest reports, rising waters have flooded 400,000 square miles in the Khabarovsk, Amur and Jewish Autonomous regions, as well as the Southern Urals. This is an area well over twice the size of California. More than 100,000 people from 185 towns have had their homes damaged. Almost half the local crops are lost, leading to rising food prices. The flood has completely destroyed more than 280 km of roads and 71 bridges. Many people are suffering, especially the most vulnerable: the elderly, invalids, large families, and women with new born infants.
The flood waters are forecast to recede only by the end of September. Fall is approaching, and many flood victims are left without warm clothing, food, and are living in shelters. With the approach of cold weather it will be impossible to build new homes in time to protect the dispossessed from the effects of Russia's notoriously cold winter months.
Kamchatskoe Kazacheye Obschestvo – Kamchatka Cossack Community is an organization participating in the round the clock relief effort to help the flood victims. The Obschestvo has collected 33metric tons of humanitarian aid and flown it into Vladivostok. It plans to send more. Through the government minister for the Cossacks in the Kamchatka region, Sergei Habarov, the Cossacks have approached RACS for assistance. Specifically, they requested $10,000.00 immediately to be allocated towards humanitarian aid. RACS wired the funds 9/10/13. Former President Medvedev donated him month’s salary, $6500, to the cause.
We turn to you now and ask you: will you please help the victims of this terrible natural disaster? All funds collected by RACS go directly to the beneficiary, and are entirely tax-deductible. Every little bit helps - your donation will bring food and clothing to people desperately in need. May God bless you for your generosity!
Oleg Anatolievich Melnikov, ataman of the Ussuriysk Cossack Army, is coordinating the relief efforts. He is pictured here in the center.
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