West Virginia Flooding: Save the Children Helping Children Impacted by the Disaster

Charleston, W.Va. (June 24, 2016)

CHARLESTON, W.Va. (June 24, 2016) - Save the Children is assessing how best to help the thousands of children impacted by the powerful storms that hit West Virigina on Thursday night, causing widespread flooding and destruction, power outages and the deaths of at least 14 people, including two young children. The National Weather Service said 8-10 inches of rain fell in 6-8 hours in parts of the state. West Virginian Governor Early Ray Tomblin has issued a state of emergency in 44 of the state's 55 counties. Save the Children works in three of the flood-affected counties, including Roane County, Calhoun County and Cherry River in Nicholas County.

"We are reaching out to all the families we serve to determine what the most urget needs are to protect children's safety and wellbeing," said Anna Hardway, Save the Children's director of Programs in West Virginia. "We know many children are displaced and have lost belongings and possibly homes, and can be very vulnerable after a disaster like this. Many os the families we serve don't have the resources to quickly bounce back and we want to make sure we can helpt hem protect their children."

Save the Children serves children in 5 West Virginia counties through health, early education programs and afterschool programs. The organization currently partners with local schools to deliver programming to 1,824 children in the state. Programs support mothers during pregnancy, provides home visits to families of infants and toddles, help young children get ready for school, stay healthy and succees in school and beyond.

Save the Children has worked in West Virginia since 2010 and has serves more then 1 million U.S. children affected by disaster since Hurrican Katrins struck in 2006.

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