The Philippines are reeling after the one-two-punch of typhoons and then the sucker punch from a volcanic eruption.
First, Typhoon Tisoy (Kammuri, the international name) struck at the beginning of December, making landfall as the equivalent of a Category 4 Atlantic Hurricane. The storm affected 7,364, but damage estimates are running in excess of $67 million.
That was followed three weeks later by Typhoon Ursula (Phanphone, the international name), which made landfall on Christmas Eve as a Category 1 hurricane. Compassion identified the affected as 604 beneficiaries and seven Child Development Centers (CDCs). Ursula ripped apart houses, businesses, churches, roads, and government buildings, killing at least 50. What’s more, this storm affected almost the same areas hit by Tisoy: Visayas and Luzon, Eastern Samar, Leyte, Biliran, Aklan, Oriental Mindoro, Iloilo, and Antique.
Impact on Compassion in the Philippines
For safety reasons, Compassion decided to halt many of its operations during the final weeks of December. Compassion spokesman Mark Pitoc, speaking to MNN from the Philippines, says, “It was tough in the first days, because some of our partnership facilitators, their houses were ruined. But it’s because of the love for these children that brought us to reach out (to) those children that we are taking care of.”
As for the storms’ survivors, Pitoc says, “Some of them were relocated, but already returned to their houses, electricity has been restored. It’s just that some areas were flooded, their houses were ruined, and even their livelihood was devastated. But little by little, everything (the infrastructure) has been restored now.”
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SOURCE: Mission Network News, R.B. Klama
CALL TO ACTION
- Pray for children and family members who have been injured or displaced.
- Pray for church staff and emergency workers as they reach out to those affected by these disasters.
- Pray for those who have lost loved ones, that God would comfort them.