Approximately 13 months after typhoon Haiyan devastated and destroyed towns and villages in the Philippines, residents have had to face another major typhoon this past weekend. Super typhoon Hagupit, locally known as Ruby, traveled through the country killing at least 27 people and destroyed many homes.
Hagupit has now weakened to a tropical storm and is closing in on the capital of Manila following its deadly grip on the eastern island of Samar. Most of those affected were in the area of Borongan, Eastern Samar. Some 2,500 houses were either partially or totally destroyed in Borongan. The storm, which hit many of the same areas as last year's typhoon Haiyan, did not cause the same extent of damage as last year's destruction.
According to humanitarian agencies responding to the storm the damage was considerable and necessitated the evacuation of between 500,000 and 1 million people. Communication remains a challenge and the full extent of damage in northeastern areas of Northern Samar province and southern Masbate province is unclear. Of particular concern is damage to the region's rice and corn crops, as well as banana and coconut trees.
Week of Compassion is responding to this situation through our partners at ACT Alliance and the United Church of Christ in the Philippines and will continue to monitor and assess the devastation as recovery work is developed. Please pray for our sisters and brothers in this time of recovery.
This Week's Responses:
Disaster Relief and Emergency Assistance
Syria, IDP Relief
Philippines, Typhoon Relief