Fri 14, Sep 2018
In the evening of 14th September, 2018, ABM launched an emergency appeal in response to an urgent request from the Episcopal Church in the Philippines in anticipation of major destruction from Super Typhoon Mangkhut.
Thousands of people were evacuated from low-lying coastal areas in the northern Philippines in preparation for the arrival of the Super Typhoon Mangkhut (locally called Ompong) which made landfall on the island of Luzon in the early morning of Saturday 15th September.
|Damaged houses in Baggao.|
The storm, the equivalent of a Category 5 hurricane with wind speeds of more than 200 kilometers per hour, was feared to be as destructive as the 2013 Typhoon Haiyan which killed more than 6,000 people. The latest update is a confirmed death toll of at least 64 people and widespread damage to buildings and infrastructure, including dangerous landslides caused by severe rainfall.
More than four million people live in the path of the storm where much of the rice and corn plantations are located. Many communities, including Anglican communities, lay in the typhoon’s path. Due to the remoteness of these communities, the full extent of Mangkhut’s destruction is yet to be ascertained.
The Rev John Deane, ABM’s Executive Director, said that it is not often that a partner will request for assistance so immediately, therefore they were expecting and preparing for the worst.
Attorney Floyd Lalwet, ECP’s National Development Officer, sent ABM a report on the situation today Sunday, 16th September:
"All over Northern Luzon, communities have been severely damaged by the typhoon. Houses and other structures were destroyed and our communities are now doing communal actions to repair and/or rebuild the habitations. Farmlands have bore the brunt of the strong wind and rains and crops that are due for harvest at the last quarter are almost completely wiped out."
|Rescue crews at the site of a landslide in Itogon.|
Sadly four members of a family who attended St Timothy’s Church in Bontoc, Mountain Province, were killed in a landslide. Two children survived and are being treated in hospital. The ECP has asked for prayers for the children’s recovery and for their family members who were lost.
ABM aims to raise $100,000 for ECP’s emergency response to help the many people who have lost their homes and livelihoods and are now in dire need of assistance.
We will post updates as they come to hand and ask that you please pray for those affected by this disaster in the Philippines, and also for those who are responding on the ground.
21/09/18 - The death toll in the Philippines from Typhoon Mangkhut (Ompong) has risen to 81 people. ABM partner ECARE reported that among the dead were eight rescue workers, some of whom were Episcopalians. Read more
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(Please don’t forget to write down the Code PH008 and/or the campaign name Typhoon Mangkhut Emergency Appeal and include it with your donation.)
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