ADRA Philippines Responds to Three Typhoons

Metro Manila, Philippines--The Adventist Development and Relief Agency (ADRA) office in the Philippines is providing relief items to those affected by three typhoons that recently raged over northern parts of the country. Items provided include food, blankets, clothing, and building materials.

With the help of volunteers, ADRA Philippines is working in three areas, targeting more than 16,000 people. ADRA is focusing its relief in Oriental and Occidental Mindoro provinces damaged by Typhoon Unding/Muifa. It’s also responding in the provinces of Aurora, Nueva Ecija, and Bulacan, affected by Typhoon Violeta. Additionally, ADRA is distributing relief items in the province of Quezon after Typhoon Winnie. ADRA International, ADRA Asia, and ADRA Philippines funded the response, valued at $43,000.

“There are indications that more than a thousand people have perished and many more have lost their homes,” stated Gran Hansen, country director for ADRA Philippines. “Thousands have fled their homes as the strong winds (up to 137 mph) destroyed everything in its path. With heavy rainfall, many of the hillsides have collapsed and formed deadly mud-rivers. Bridges were also destroyed, delaying responses of relief supplies and rescuers,” Hansen reported.

To avoid duplication of assistance or services, the response will be made in collaboration with the local Social Welfare and Development Office who recommended needy beneficiaries, and with the Non-governmental Organization (NGO) Network for Disaster Response, which includes the local Adventist Community Services (ACS).

 

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