(Chile CNSAM). Seven people lost their lives, 22 disappeared, highways were damaged and cities cut off in the heavy rains that recently fell in northern Chile between cities in the region of Antofagasta (Region II) and Coquimbo (Region IV).
The incessant rains caused landslides and flooded rivers that swept away houses, bridges and caused both communications and basic services to be interrupted. Many people are isolated while waiting to be rescued by helicopters of the Armed Forces. Access by land is nearly impossible.
Rain is rare in this desert area, and the cities are not prepared to deal with torrential rains. One of the cities that received the most damage is Copiapó where two Nazarene congregations are located. One is the recently organized “New Beginnings¨ Church of the Nazarene whose pastor is José Piñones. The other is a mission directed by pastor Aldo Corvacho. We thank God that according to the information we have, both congregations are alright, and they are trying to help those who have suffered losses.
We ask for prayer for the people in these cities who are suffering because of the loss and disappearance of their loved ones and because of the destruction of their homes, which has left them with nothing.
The Church of the Nazarene is organized to help those who are affected. If you would like to join with them, contact Alessandro Polonio, email@example.com
Source: Patricio Huanca.
Translation: Jennifer Edgerton.