The Polish Adventist Church Christian Charity Services and the Adventist Development and Relief Agency (ADRA Poland) teams are supporting relief efforts to assist people affected by the worst flood in centuries that has brought havoc to some parts of Poland.
Heavy rain has caused damage estimated at more than US$3.5 billion forcing the evacuation of thousands of people from their homes along the Vistula river, which flows from the southern Tatra mountains into the Baltic. Many of those affected could not believe the scale of the flooding, and remained in their partially flooded houses. The situation worsened in many regions as people refused to leave their homes for fear that their abandoned property would be looted.
As part of an initial response, the Christian Charity Services and ADRA emergency response teams, in collaboration with volunteers, reached Sandomierz and Tarnobrzeg in time and distributed clothes and hygiene kits to at least 1.200 affected people.
ADRA is a non-governmental organization present in 125 countries providing sustainable community development and disaster relief without regard to political or religious association, age, gender, race or ethnicity.