ADRA volunteers airlifted to assist with floods
With major roads blocked and large areas of New South Wale’s north cut off by rising flood waters, Adventist Development and Relief Agency (ADRA) volunteers have been flown into Moree on a specially charted flight to assist those affected.
“Three volunteers from Tamworth and Gunnedah flew into Moree this morning,” said Chris Olafson, ADRA Australia’s Director of Emergency Management. “Getting to the area by road is impossible, so a small Adventist Aviation plane was scrambled to get them to the hard hit area. They are now working to ensure any affected families have a dry and warm place to stay.”
ADRA Australia holds formal agreements to provide emergency accommodation during times of disaster in New South Wales, in addition to the Australian Capital Territory, Queensland and Western Australia, with more than 2,000 volunteers ready to help when disasters strike.
“Our volunteers are trained to work efficiently in times of stress and, along with the other responding agencies, ensure families who are either isolated or whose homes have been flooded receive the support they need,” said Mr Olafson.
In addition to responses in Moree, ADRA volunteers have assisted flood victims in Kingscliff, Grafton and Kempsey, NSW and the Moreton Bay area in Queensland.
ADRA Australia is a Christian aid and humanitarian organisation that empowers communities and changes lives. ADRA Australia works with people in poverty and distress to create just and positive change through empowering partnerships and responsible action.
In the past twelve months ADRA Australia has responded to numerous international emergencies including the drought crisis in the Horn of Africa, cyclone Giri in Myanmar and the Japanese tsunami, in addition to disasters throughout Australia