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Samaritans Purse among Christian organisations providing emergency relief aid to hurricane victims in Florida

by Alex Collett

Evangelical Christian humanitarian aid organization, Samaritan's Purse has been providing disaster relief to Florida, after Hurricane Ian slammed into the Sunshine State.

So far 77 people have been confirmed dead in the US as a result of hurricane. 

Rescuers are continuing to hunt for survivors in the trail of destruction left across Florida and North Carolina by the storm.

It's reported to be one of the strongest and costliest weather events ever to hit the US.

On Thursday, Samaritan's Purse sent two disaster relief units and supplies to Florida.

Franklin Graham the president of Samaritan's Purse posted a video to their Facebook page explaining the work they have been doing there.

He said: "Hurricane Ian has just devestated Florida, there are so many people that need our help down there, they need our prayers of support and we need volunteers."

Within the video the trucks are shown with emergency aid taken to Florida.

"The damage is just incredible, the trucks are filled with tools, they are filled with equipment, shovels, rakes, chainsaws, everything you need to do to clean up a home and get the trees back off of it" Mr Graham said.

"So we need an army of volunteers to help us and go in and help, we need your prayers."

The White House says Joe Biden will travel to Florida on Wednesday to see for himself, the devastation caused by Hurricane Ian.

The US president says it could be the deadliest in the Sunshine State's history. 

Other Christian organisations that have been helping in the relief are Operation Blessing, the Salvation Army of Florida who readied 27 "Canteens" or mobile feeding units ahead of the storm.

The Salvation Army works in conjunction with the Salvation Army of Florida's Emergency Disaster Services.

Catholic charities USA were also helping provide aid relief and Eight days of Hope.

Facebook photos showed the group packing trucks and trailers with supplies.


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