Final Update: May 15, 2020
Thankfully, it has stopped raining in the Bacabal area of Brazil. In total, 340 beneficiaries were affected. Some beneficiaries and families have returned to their homes. Others are still living with relatives because the civil defense agency recommends not returning to high risk areas.
All affected families have received support through Compassion’s Disaster Relief funds for food, clothing, household items, hygiene kits, etc. Physicians and nurses continue to monitor the health of the families to ensure they aren’t ill with COVID-19.
Thank you for your prayers for the affected beneficiaries and their families.
Update #2: May 5, 2020
The rain has stopped in the region and the local civil defense is analyzing impact and safety of homes. To date, 340 beneficiaries have been affected. Most affected beneficiaries and their families are living with relatives, but some are still living in public shelters. For the safety of those living in the public shelters, extra efforts are in place to protect them from COVID-19.
The Child Development Centers continue to provide tangible support (e.g. food, personal hygiene supplies, health information leaflets, and bedding) using Child Support funds and Disaster Relief funds. The churches are also providing spiritual and emotional/psychological support and intensifying child protection efforts.
Please continue to pray for the safety of the affected beneficiaries and their families.
Update #1: April 24, 2020
Another area in Meriam, Pedreiras, Maranhão has also been affected by heavy rains and flooding. So far, 113 beneficiaries have been affected. The Child Development Center (CDC) is utilizing Crisis Relief funds to assist affected families with hygiene kits, clothes, mattresses and towels. The CDC and the local civil defense are providing relief support (e.g. food, water, hygiene kits) for additional affected beneficiaries, which are living in temporary shelters.
Please pray for the affected beneficiaries and their families as they recover from damages and losses.
Disaster Alert: April 22, 2020
Due to several days of heavy rain, the river in Bacabal overflowed. Bacabal is located in the country side in the State of Maranhão, in the northeastern part of Brazil. Many families’ homes were damaged and they are now homeless. The impacted families are living in temporary shelters or churches throughout the city.
Currently, impact details not available yet, however an estimated 80 beneficiaries have been affected. The Child Development Center staff are visiting the affected families to support them spiritually, as well as physically. Basic supply baskets and hygiene kits have been distributed by the church and local municipality and health professionals are attending to medical needs.
Please pray for the affected beneficiaries and their families as they recover from the damages and losses.