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Samaritan’s Purse provides tornado relief in Mississippi and Alabama

Samaritan’s Purse, the Christian humanitarian relief organization, has sent relief supplies and equipment to the victims of the catastrophic series of tornadoes in Mississippi and Alabama that took place on the night of March 24. The devastating thunderstorms which involved a number of tornadoes, killed at least 25 people in Mississippi and one in Alabama and also resulted in the destruction of infrastructure and houses and widespread power outages. Apart from sending relief and equipment, Samaritan’s Purse is collaborating with local churches and leaders and local emergency management to respond to the requirements of the victims. The organization will operate in Amory and Rolling Fork and send volunteer teams from participating local churches.

The Christian Post reports:

After a devastating series of tornadoes swept across Mississippi and northern Alabama Friday night, leaving a 100-mile path of destruction in their wake and at least 26 dead, the humanitarian relief organization Samaritan’s Purse said supplies and equipment were en route to help residents in the affected areas.

The powerful thunderstorms spawned multiple tornadoes, claimed the lives of at least 25 people in Mississippi and one in Alabama, caused widespread damage to homes and infrastructure, and left thousands of central Mississippi residents from the delta to the Alabama state line without power.

On Sunday morning, President Joe Biden announced a major disaster declaration for Mississippi, directing federal assistance to bolster recovery initiatives.

Samaritan’s Purse said Saturday that two of its U.S. Disaster Relief units — tractor trailers loaded with relief supplies and equipment — were on their way to the affected areas. The group said it was coordinating with local emergency management and leaders and churches to assess needs and plan a response.

Samaritan’s Purse will operate out of two bases in Rolling Fork and Amory, deploying volunteer teams from local host churches.

Wind gusts of up to 80 mph and hail the size of golf balls battered Mississippi as the twisters tore through the state, traveling an unusually long distance of over 100 miles, The Washington Post said.

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