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    Army Responds to Congo Tragedy

    The Salvation Army takes action after massive explosions rock Brazzaville, Republic of Congo March 6, 2012
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    A Salvation Army team is investigating how best to help people forced from their homes by a series of massive explosions in the Mpila area of Brazzaville, the capital of the Republic of Congo. Up to 200 people are known to have been killed in the disaster—though this number is likely to rise—with more than 1,500 injured. Many of the dead were worshipping in a church that collapsed.

    The government called for calm and the defence minister told state radio that the explosions were the result of a fire at an arms depot at the Regiment Blinde base near the city centre. Residents immediately fled Mpila, which is a densely packed neighbourhood, as a series of smaller explosions continued. A plume of grey smoke still hung over the city hours later.

    When the first explosion was heard, Lieut-Colonel Daniel Moukoko, Chief Secretary of The Salvation Army's Congo (Brazzaville) Territory, was in another area of Brazzaville preparing for the welcome meeting of the Messengers of the Resurrection Session of cadets. He reports hearing "at least five or six large explosions, which blew out the windows of our building at Potopoto Corps ... One explosion destroyed the roofs of Ouenze Corps hall and officers' quarters and the roof of Talangai Corps hall."

    The colonel says that the Regiment Blinde base and surrounding neighbourhood resemble a war zone, with many buildings levelled, burned or badly damaged and the occasional flame still flickering in the debris. According to local reports, there are still many bodies at the scene. Weeping relatives of the dead gathered outside the hospital to mourn while others tried to find family members who had become separated in the chaos.

    It is not thought that any Salvationists were killed in the disaster but a Salvationist from Ouenze Corps lost three grandsons and her daughter lost a leg. Some Salvationists from Talangai Corps lost properties.

    Lieut-Colonel Moukoko concludes: "We thank you for your assistance in prayers—we really appreciate them."

    Comment

    On Wednesday, March 7, 2012, Alan Kay said:

    Praise the Lord that The Salvation Army are there to offer help in Jesus' Name. May our prayers be for God to grant strength to our comrades.

    On Tuesday, March 6, 2012, Lisa Hindle said:

    Praying now.
    We know our God is with you and strengthening you. May He comfort all those who are hurting and heal the wounded in Jesus name.

    God's rich manna be yours right now.... Lisa, and prayer chain of believers in Australia.

    On Tuesday, March 6, 2012, John Umasanthiram said:

    Dear Friends
    Our prayers are with you at this difficult time. We know the good Lord will give you at this time, the additional strength.

    Thank you very much for the many volunteers and friends of the Army who have given the time to help others in need. God will reward you for the good work.
    Take care.
    John Umasanthiram
    Indonesia

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