On December 5, 2012 the Philippines was struck by Typhoon Bopha, bringing severe winds up to 250 km, rains and flooding, affecting over 5 million people. As of December 27th, 6.2 million people are affected. Outside evacuation centers 959,267 people are displaced; inside evacuation centers 13,940 people are displaced. The death toll stands at 1,067 with over 834 people reported missing. 216,817 houses are totally or partially damaged. Efforts to access the affected island communities are hampered by debris and damaged infrastructure.
World Renew’s International Disaster Response team is responding through the Christian Reformed Churches Philippines (CRCP) to provide much needed food, medicine, hygiene kits and potable water to the affected families and to assist communities in rebuilding homes and setting up water filtration systems.
For many, this new storm is all too familiar. Less than a year ago last December, Tropical Storm Washi struck the Philippines. Torrential rainfall resulted in flash flooding and mudslides across the island, closing down roads, severing power supply lines, and causing significant damage and loss of property. Over 1,000 people died and over 100,000 were taken to evacuation centres.
World Renew responded directly to Tropical Storm Washi in Sapang Bayang, Cagayan de Oro and Iligan with $160,000 of assistance. Through the support of the Manitoba Council on International Cooperation (MCIC) and working with ADRA Philippines, assistance was provided to over 1,200 displaced families in evacuation centres, particularly those with children, the elderly and those with physical challenges. A “cash transfer” program was set up to provide families with cash vouchers that they could use to purchase much-needed food and supplies from local stores. The cash transfers ensured rapid implementation, allowed beneficiaries to determine what they needed most, and provided a boost to the local economy.
World Renew also worked with several local Christian Reformed Churches and churches in the Philippines Relief and Development Services (PHILRADS) network to provide emergency food assistance, water purification tablets, emergency kits, blankets, and mosquito nets were provided along with 100 houses repaired. Additionally, seeds and fishing inputs were distributed to help restore livelihoods and through the Baptist church, 105 houses were reconstructed for those who had lost their homes.
In the wake of Typhoon Bopha, Philippine communities are once again searching for missing loved ones and facing the difficult task of rebuilding homes and livelihoods destroyed by this most recent disaster. World Renew has worked in the Philippines for nearly 40 years and through key partnerships is able to respond quickly and effectively to the needs of those affected by the typhoon. However, financial support is still urgently needed to enable local partners to reach more families in need.
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