Salvationists in Russia are providing assistance to people affected by wildfires. Eastern Russia is going through the hottest summer on record, leading to countless grass, peat bog and forest fires.
Fires nearly encircled Voronezh, a city of 850,000 people some 475 kilometres south of Moscow. Six hundred people were left without homes.
The corps officers, soldiers and friends of Voronezh Corps (Salvation Army church) are providing what help they can to the displaced persons. Working with local authorities, they have assessed the situation and know the immediate needs. They are distributing food, water, clothes and personal care products. Plans are in place to give out bedding and small household items. Spiritual counselling is a vital part of the response by Salvation Army personnel.
The corps does not own a vehicle but it is partnering with another church which has two vehicles.