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New York FFL calling for help

45 Photos of the damage done by Sandy in NY On Friday, more than 3.7 million homes and businesses along the U.S. East Coast remained without power. Disaster modeling company Eqecat estimated Hurricane Sandy caused up to $20 billion in insured losses and $50 billion in economic losses. At the high end of the range, Sandy would rank as the fourth costliest U.S. catastrophe, according to the Insurance Information Institute, behind Hurricane Katrina in 2005, the Sept. 11, 2001, attacks and Hurricane Andrew in 1992. U.S. Secretary of Homeland Security Janet Napolitano and Federal Emergency Management Agency Deputy Administrator Richard Serino planned to visit Staten Island on Friday amid angry claims by some survivors that the borough had been ignored. Source: FOOD FOR LIFE ACTION Food for Life director in New York, Adi Purusa has been serving hot veg meals on a daily basis to underprivileged New Yorkers for decades. “Efforts are now underway to respond to the disaster as best as we can,” says Adi. “It is a way of saying, ‘I love you.’ And it doesn’t have to be a big display. Just a simple thing, giving somebody a plate of rice, vegetables, but they feel it.” To help Food for Life Global support the efforts of Adi Purusa and his FFL team in New York: Donate to the Food for Life Global 

The aftermath of Sandy – Haiti cries out for attention

Jonathan Watts in Port-au-Prince, writing for The Guardian newspaper report that, “Almost three years after the earthquake, 350,000 people in the capital of Port-au-Prince are still living in camps for displaced refugees. Over the past three years, hundreds of these refugees have been forced to flee from homes destroyed in the quake, to tents which have now been ripped and flooded in the storm, and to other temporary shelters. While much of the attention is being focused on New York, these people are still waiting for new tents and food supplies. You’d think these people would be upset over the lack of concern for their plight, but no, according to Watts, “the mood is more one of resignation that a catastrophe in a poor country is less of a story.” Although Haiti was only hit by Sandy’s tail, 54 people died and 20 are still missing. Prime minister Laurent Lamothe described Hurricane Sandy as a “disaster of major proportions”. Emmelie Prohete, a writer based in Port-au-Prince reckons: “This is not the first nor the last disaster we will have. We have seen so much worse that we are relieved there is only this.” What I personally found alarming was the fact that even before Hurricane Sandy, “Haiti had more cholera cases than the rest of the world put together. Almost 6% of the population have been affected and 7,500 people have died,’ writes Watts. The contrasts leave a sour taste in your mouth. The impact of Sandy seems to have played out in two different worlds. For example, Haitians hear on the radio how New Yorkers have suffered as a result of Sandy and they sympathise. But the reports that electricity was slowly being restored in New York contrasts dramatically with the fact that some villages in Haiti had no electricity to begin with! Dieula […]