My first thought is, "Do they know Jesus?" - I hope so. God is our comfort and strength and it is impossible to endure these types of trials without Him. I hope you are leaning on Him today as you are going through your own trials. Pray for those who are affected by this and everyone who does not yet know Christ as their personal Savior.
He comforts us in all our troubles so that we can comfort others. When they are troubled, we will be able to give them the same comfort God has given us. 2 Corinthians 1:4