Philippines: Tropical Storm Slams Philippines, ADRA Distributes Supplies of Emergency Aid
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SILVER SPRING, Md. - The Adventist Development and Relief Agency (ADRA) is on the ground in eastern parts of Mindanao, Philippines, distributing emergency supplies of food to some of the hardest-hit families in response to flash floods brought by recent tropical storm Washi (locally referred to as Sendong). Official reports from the Regional Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Council (RDRRMC) have attributed Washi to at least 807 deaths in the cities of Cagayan de Oro and Iligan collectively.
An estimated 1,440 families in the affected areas are receiving much needed emergency food kits comprised of rice, noodles, canned fish, dried fruits, beans, peanut butter, milk, oil, salt, and sugar. Implemented by ADRA Philippines, the distribution will last four days and will be carried out in close coordination with the City Social Welfare Office and Adventist Community Service volunteers.
According to Agency reports, a number of residents in the affected areas are now stranded on rooftops after fleeing to higher ground as the dangerous flood waters began rising. Household items such as kitchen appliances and furniture have been swept away by the gushing water, leaving families robbed of personal belongings. Businesses have shut down as the floodwaters inundated their premises, following widespread power and water outages.
According to the National Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Council (NDRRMC), the overflowing of the Mandulog and Agus rivers has been confirmed as the source of massive flooding in Lanao Del Norte, a province in the Northern Mindanao region. Nearly 72,000 people have been affected by the tropical storm in this province alone, with an estimated 71,000 others affected in 12 additional provinces throughout Mindanao.
Tropical storm Washi made landfall on December 16, causing a downpour through the early morning hours of December 17. With gusty winds moving at speeds reaching 50 mph, and heavy rains accumulating to 8 inches in less than 24 hours, Washi has inflicted significant water damage to homes, buildings, and roads.
The Agency is working to broaden its response, which plans to provide flood victims with essential health services, in addition to increased access to clean water.
Additional information will be provided as ADRA's response expands.
ADRA is a global non-governmental organization providing sustainable community development and disaster relief without regard to political or religious association, age, gender, race or ethnicity.
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Author: Christina Zaiback, ADRA International