CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
December 25, 1989 |
For Jean Sudbeck, a trip to India is not a vacation, it's a mission. When she leaves Tuesday for her one-month trip, she will take with her medicine, clothes, rosaries, toys and balloons to distribute to those she will visit. The journey to India will be Sudbeck's sixth. While there, she visits schools, hospitals and leprosariums, stopping to talk to people wherever she goes. Sudbeck, 53, first traveled to India in 1982 with a Brea-based evangelist group.
August 23, 1988 |
Rescue and relief efforts intensified in both Nepal and India on Monday as the official death toll climbed past 650 in the strongest earthquake to hit the Himalayas in more than half a century. Narajam Thapa, Nepal's home minister, said at a news conference Monday that at least 450 people have been killed in this mountainous kingdom, while Indian radio placed the toll at 200 dead in eastern Bihar state alone.
November 2, 1999 |
Bodies hung from trees and floated through flooded villages Monday after one of the most powerful cyclones ever to strike India devastated its northeastern coast. Military helicopters finally arrived with some aid, but thousands were feared dead and millions were still left hungry and homeless. "This is the worst flooding in 100 years. I would say it is the worst in India's history," said Asim Kumar Vaishnav, chief administrator of Baleshwar, in eastern Orissa state.
October 5, 1993 |
Shukla Bhai Mali did not bother to greet Prime Minister P.V. Narasimha Rao when he paid his first visit to this devastated and remote disaster zone Monday. The prime minister dropped out of the sky in a helicopter, promising new earthquake-proof houses for all and tons of government relief, which has yet to reach the region's 130,000 survivors five days after Sasthur and dozens of other villages became graveyards for at least 10,000 peasants.
July 8, 2002 |
Flooding caused by a week of monsoon rains has left 23 people dead and forced hundreds of thousands of villagers from their homes across Bangladesh and large parts of eastern India, relief officials said. The homes of about 300,000 people were flooded in India and half a million people were marooned in Bangladesh, officials said. Nine children died when they were swept away by flood waters. Three people died in a mudslide; three more drowned when their boat capsized.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
October 7, 1993 |
Barbara Piner has witnessed much human suffering in her 12 years as a fund-raiser for a county nonprofit India relief group. But she said last week's deadly earthquake amounts to a new level of tragedy. "They are a shattered people in this area," said Piner, a Costa Mesa resident who works as a middle school teacher in Fountain Valley. "The loss of family members has been difficult. . . . They need the confidence to keep on going."