Baptist World Alliance, BWA News Release

BWA responds to multiple disasters

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People move through flooded streets in Havana after the passage of Hurricane Irma, in Cuba, Sunday, Sept. 10, 2017. Photo Credit: AP Photo/Ramon EspinosaThe Baptist World Alliance is responding to a series of weather related disasters on multiple fronts.

The most recent, Hurricane Irma, devastated parts of the Caribbean and several southeastern states of the United States, especially Florida.

The BWA is in contact with Baptists in the Caribbean and is preparing to send initial sums as soon as verifiable information on need is received.

Reports are that the island of Barbuda, which shares statehood with Antigua, suffered 90 percent damage to buildings and properties. At least 10 people are known to have died in Cuba amidst extensive damage. The island of Hispaniola, which includes the nations of Haiti and the Dominican Republic, suffered significant damage. The Bahamas experienced widespread devastation.

The Virgin Islands, Anguilla, St. Maarten, Puerto Rico and the Turks and Caicos islands were also badly affected.

At least 24 people in the Caribbean are known to have died due to the hurricane.

Much of Florida in the US was under water and long term damage is estimated to be in the tens of billions of dollars. The US states of Georgia and South Carolina and others experienced flooding and powerful winds.

The BWA previously sent relief funds to aid those affected by Hurricane Harvey, which formed on August 17 and dissipated on September 2, leaving widespread destruction and death in its wake in the states of Texas and Louisiana in the US.Damage is left after Hurricane Irma hit Barbuda, Sept. 7, 2017. Photo courtesy of

BWA assistance was sent to Sierra Leone in West Africa, where about 500 died due to landslides and severe flooding in mid-August; and to Nepal, which had severe flooding.

The BWA is responding to the numerous needs through its member organizations in the various countries.

Donations may be made at or sent to:
Baptist World Aid
c/o Baptist World Alliance
405 North Washington Street
Falls Church, VA 22046

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©September 12, 2017

The Baptist World Alliance, founded in 1905, is a fellowship of 266 conventions and unions in 134 countries and territories comprising 51 million baptized believers in 178,000 churches. For more than 100 years, the Baptist World Alliance has networked the Baptist family to impact the world for Christ with a commitment to strengthen worship, fellowship and unity; lead in mission and evangelism; respond to people in need through aid, relief, and community development; defend religious freedom, human rights, and justice; and advance theological reflection and leadership development.