Rotary helps disaster victims

Published 2:01 pm Friday, September 15, 2017

Severe storms, an earthquake and hurricanes are wreaking havoc across the globe from the United States and Mexico to South Asia and Africa. The Rotary Foundation and Rotary clubs in affected areas are helping bring emergency aid to battered communities.

The Rotary Foundation is collecting emergency relief funds to help victims of hurricanes Harvey and Irma.

Severe rainfall caused historic flooding along the Texas coast, including in Houston, the fourth-largest city by population in the United States. More than 8 million people have been affected by the hurricanes.

“The power of Rotary is in the Foundation’s ability to pull help from around the world while local clubs provide immediate relief in their own communities,” said Don Mebus of the Rotary Club of Arlington, Texas.

Rotary districts along the gulf coast of Texas and Louisiana as well as in Florida are collecting emergency relief funds and providing immediate aid to flood and hurricane victims.