World Vision is pressing on with planned relief distributions as a new threat, Typhoon Kai-tak (local name Typhoon Helen), batters the north-west Philippines.
Food and relief items were first distributed last week, after World Vision Philippines’ emergency assessment teams visited affected areas in metropolitan Manila.
A week since the onset of the devastating monsoon rains, massive losses in agriculture and infrastructure have caused US$14.3 million in damages as widespread flooding caused by overflowing dams, rivers and waterways inundated Manila and farming communities all over Luzon.
Massive challenges face the relief team as it aims to reach 10,000 families (50,000 people) in flood-stricken and hard-to-reach areas in metro Manila and the greater Luzon province.
So far, World Vision relief packs consisting of water, food, hygiene items and household items such as sleeping mats, mosquito nets and blankets have been given to 4,000 families (20,000 people) in the critical areas of Malabon, Baseco and Taguig.
Widespread devastation in flood-hit areas has affected more than 3.4 million people with almost one million displaced. In the past week, 146 deaths have occurred due to Typhoon Saola and Typhoon Haikui.
Seven Luzon provinces are now under public storm signal warnings. Monsoon rains will continue to be enhanced by Typhoon Kai-tak over the western part of Luzon and Visayas islands.
“We are now faced with the daunting task of providing relief assistance to 10,000 flood-stricken families amidst the threat of Typhoon Kai-Tak. But World Vision will press on with our relief efforts,” said World Vision staff member, Imelda Ochavillo.
Forty cities and municipalities devastated by the monsoon rains are now under a State of Calamity as declared by the local government. Some one million people are sheltering in 810 evacuation centres, according to the nation’s National Disaster Risk Reduction Management Council.
“People have started massive clean-up drives in their communities - clearing up debris while salvaging belongings that can still be of use. Meanwhile, conditions in the evacuation centres continue to worsen as cramped living conditions bring hygiene and sanitary concerns,” said World Vision staffer Macky Macabuhay.
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