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Press Release | [url=http://www.catholicrelief.org]http://www.catholicrelief.org[/url]

Catholic Relief Services (CRS) and local partner Caritas Cubana are working to assist those left in need after Hurricane Charley roared across western Cuba. Hardest hit areas include the Isle of Youth, off Cuba’s southwest coast, the province of Pinar del Rio and the capital city of Havana and its environs.

Hurricane Charley, which was a Category 2 storm when it hit Cuba, downed trees and power lines and left an estimated 20,000 homes damaged or destroyed in Pinar del Rio and Havana. More than 500 schools and nearly two dozen health centers were also damaged by wind gusts that reached up to 102 miles per hour.

“Life is slowly returning to normal, but there are immediate and long-term needs that we’ll be working to meet,” said Jed Hoffman, Latin America Regional Director for CRS. “Many of those homes destroyed were particularly vulnerable to storm damage to begin with. We’ll be working with our partners to help with necessities in the days and weeks to come and will look to provide longer term help in the form of housing and infrastructure rehabilitation.”

Immediate humanitarian needs include clean water, blankets, mattresses and medicines. Like the relief assistance, the follow-up phase of reconstruction assistance will be channeled through Caritas Cubana to local diocesan offices.

Catholic Relief Services is the official international humanitarian agency of the U.S. Catholic community. The agency provides assistance to people in 94 countries and territories on the basis of need, not race, creed or nationality.

To contribute to Catholic Relief Services, send donations* to:

Catholic Relief Services P.O. Box 17090 Baltimore, MD 21203-7090 1-877-HELPCRS *Please earmark donation on the memo line of your check to Hurricane Charley/Cuba relief.

CONTACT: Brian Shields 410.951.7455 .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address) or Cecile Sorra 410.951.7215 .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address)

For more information about Catholic Relief Services and our programs around the world, visit our website at [url=http://www.catholicrelief.org]http://www.catholicrelief.org[/url]

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