Storms in the Philippines caused flooding in several towns, but it could have been worse, Compassion International’s Edwin Estioko says.
A tropical storm in mid-July caused flooding to Visayas and Mindanao, affecting 374 children from Compassion.
The Philippines is a region prone to multiple typhoons, monsoons, and severe storms during their rainy season. Compassion’s photojournalist Estioko explains that this season is not as bad as it could have been.
“This number of families and homes affected aren’t really that many. We’ve had bigger typhoons before where thousands of families have been affected. The Philippines gets an average of 20 typhoons per year, not counting the monsoon rains,” Estioko says.
The continuous flooding last month forced several families to evacuate to higher ground for a brief period of time.
Compassion provides food and supplies to the families affected by the flooding, including canned goods, rice, and milk, along with other relief supplies. This July, they provided resources to families during the evacuation and recovery after the flooding.
The flooding in both Visayas and Mindanao is gone now but the aftermath of the storm is still affecting the livelihood of Compassion families.
“Livelihood is a problem because their fathers are carpenters and fishers, so they can’t go to work. They work to eat that day,” Estioko says. He explains that the salary a family makes in a day usually provides food only for that day, which is why it is so important to provide resources and food after a disaster strikes.
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SOURCE: Mission Network News, Sarah Traill