[ACNS source: Episcopal Relief and Development] Emergency relief efforts continue in the ancient city of Bam, Iran, after a deadly earthquake struck on December 26. Episcopal Relief and Development is working to help people caught in the disaster. CNN reports at least 25,000 people are dead after being buried under homes and buildings made from mud bricks. Almost half of the city's population of 80,000 may be dead, according to the Associated Press.
The situation is especially critical for tens of thousands of people left homeless as winter weather sets in and temperatures drop below freezing.
Episcopal Relief and Development's initial emergency funds will provide supplies such as tents, blankets, water, and medicine. ERD will continue to assess critical needs on the ground through ecumenical partners.
ERD is accepting donations for the Iran Earthquake Fund. Make a contribution using a credit card online at www.er-d.org. Donations can be mailed to: Episcopal Relief and Development, P.O. Box. 12043, Newark, NJ 07101.
ERD asks people to pray for those affected by this tragedy. Please visit www.er-d.org for updates.