Update from K.P. Yohannan about Cyclone Phailin
Update: Cyclone Phailin Kills 17, Affects 9 Million
October 13, 2013
After 13 hours of terror, Cyclone Phailin, the strongest storm to hit India in 14 years, was downgraded to a Category 1 hurricane, leaving in its wake 17 dead and 9 million people affected.
“One of our believers died today,” Gospel for Asia pastor S.E. Quamar said, explaining how the 30-year-old widow had been trying to save her household items when a wave threw her against a rock. “She fell down on the stone and died on the spot. She has one daughter who is 15 years old.”
Despite the heartache for 17 families, the low death toll is a marked triumph for government officials who put on one of the largest evacuation efforts in India’s history.
Voluntarily or by force, nearly 1 million people were evacuated in the Indian states of Andhra Pradesh and Odisha in hopes of avoiding a repeat of Odisha’s 1999 cyclone, which killed 10,000 people…..
Please pray for:
- Cyclone Phailin to either turn away or greatly lessen in intensity.
- Protection of the people in coastal areas, including our fellow believers and the families of Bridge of Hope children.
- Good health and peace as evacuees begin their stays in crowded shelters.
- Wisdom, provision and safety for our Compassion Services teams and other relief teams as they prepare to provide relief.
- Guidance for India’s government officials as they organize massive evacuation, rescue and relief efforts.
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