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Lutheran World Relief Begins Disaster Response in El Salvador

Contact: Emily Sollie, Lutheran World Relief, 410-230-2802, 443-220-3269 cell, esollie@lwr.org

BALTIMORE, Nov. 9 /Christian Newswire/ -- Lutheran World Relief has committed funds to respond to flooding and mudslides in El Salvador. The disaster, caused by heavy rains for the last several days, has claimed 124 lives, with dozens of people still missing. Emergency workers are searching for survivors.

LWR is in touch with partners on the ground in El Salvador who are monitoring the situation and assessing the needs. LWR plans to support the relief effort with an initial contribution toward emergency relief needs.

More funding is needed for a comprehensive response; to donate, please visit www.lwr.org; call 1-800-LWR-LWR-2 (597-5972) or mail a check or money order to Lutheran World Relief, PO Box 17061, Baltimore, MD 21298-9832 USA, designated for "Central America Disaster."

INTERNATIONAL DISASTERS:

Editors: When listing organizations receiving donations for aid to survivors of major disasters outside the United States, Puerto Rico or the U.S. Virgin Islands, please include:

Lutheran World Relief, www.lwr.org, 1-800-597-5972

WHO IS LWR? Lutheran World Relief, an international nonprofit organization, works to end poverty and injustice by empowering some of the world's most impoverished communities to help themselves. With partners in 35 countries, LWR seeks to promote sustainable development with justice and dignity by helping communities bring about change for healthy, safe and secure lives; engage in Fair Trade; promote peace and reconciliation; and respond to emergencies. LWR is headquartered in Baltimore, Md. and has worked in international development and relief since 1945.

Lutheran World Relief is a ministry of the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America (ELCA), The Lutheran Church-Missouri Synod (LCMS), individuals and parish groups in international relief, development, advocacy and social responsibility.