International Disaster Volunteers (IDV)

At IDV we believe that to provide meaningful relief and reconstruction assistance to disaster affected communities around the world we have to do more than reconstruct buildings. We need to understand and address the factors that made a community vulnerable to the disaster in the first place. Our work will be organised with these factors in mind so we can effect change that far outlives our presence.
Aug 19, 2013

Rain forces 1,000 residents from their homes

They had a hot meal thanks to you!
They had a hot meal thanks to you!

On August 18th, a typhoon passing to the northeast of the Philippines caused a phenomenon called “Enhanced Monsoon”. An enhanced monsoon occurs when the wet air from a nearby typhoon sends the Philippines’ monsoon rains into overdrive.

Here in Banaba, the enhanced monsoon brought rain for most of Saturday and all of Sunday. On Sunday night, the rivers began to overflow and vulnerable families were forced from their homes.

In the middle of the night, hundreds of families like Servano’s packed up their most precious possessions and left their homes in the pouring rain. They arrived at evacuation centers cold, wet, and tired. But thanks to you, they weren’t alone.

Your generosity meant that we were able to give hundreds of evacuees like Servano a hot meal.  After a cold, difficult night, a hot bowl of oatmeal and a friendly face were a godsend for families affected by flooding – thanks so much for making that gift possible!

The rain’s slowed for now, but we’re not out of the woods yet. At the time of writing, up to 30 mm of rain were expected in the next 24 hours, and the effects of the enhanced monsoon could last for up to four days. Unless the weather forecast changes, there will be more evacuees in need of our support in the coming days.

It costs just $3 to prepare a bowl of nutritious, warming oatmeal for 10 evacuees. That means that when you give the minimum donation that GlobalGiving will process - $10 – we’ll be able to give more than 30 people breakfast.

If you’re not in a position to give, please share this update with friends and family so that we can help evacuees like Servano ride out the enhanced monsoon!

Thanks so much, and very kind regards.

Aug 19, 2013

Rain forces 1,000 people from their homes

Eating a hot meal thanks to you!.jpg
Eating a hot meal thanks to you!.jpg

On August 18th, a typhoon passing to the northeast of the Philippines caused a phenomenon called “Enhanced Monsoon”. An enhanced monsoon occurs when the wet air from a nearby typhoon sends the Philippines’ monsoon rains into overdrive.

Here in Banaba, the enhanced monsoon brought rain for most of Saturday and all of Sunday. On Sunday night, the rivers began to overflow and vulnerable families were forced from their homes.

Thanks to you, when evacuations began on the night of August 18th, we had the funding we needed to help and were able to provide hot meals for hundreds of evacuees on the 19th.

Rescue teams were also kept up to date with the water levels via the Frontline SMS system that you funded. That information meant that rescue teams knew when it was time to get families to safety and took swift action to evacuate the most vulnerable. As a result everyone in harms way was evacuated without injury or loss of life. That safe, smooth evacuation was made possible by your donations. Thanks so much!

The rain’s slowed for now, but we’re not out of the woods yet. At the time of writing, up to 30 mm of rain were expected in the next 24 hours, and the effects of the enhanced monsoon could last for up to four days. Unless the weather forecast changes, there will be more evacuees in need of our support in the coming days.

It costs just $3 to prepare a bowl of nutritious, warming oatmeal for 10 evacuees. That means that when you give the minimum donation that GlobalGiving will process - $10 – we’ll be able to give more than 30 people breakfast.

If you’re not in a position to give, please share this update with friends and family so that we can help evacuees ride out the enhanced monsoon!

Thanks so much, and very kind regards

Emma

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International Disaster Volunteers
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Families in a crowded evacuation centre.jpg
Families in a crowded evacuation centre.jpg
Aug 19, 2013

Rain Forces 1,000 People from their Homes

Safe in an evacuation centre
Safe in an evacuation centre

On August 18th, a typhoon passing to the northeast of the Philippines caused a phenomenon called “Enhanced Monsoon”. An enhanced monsoon occurs when the wet air from a nearby typhoon sends the Philippines’ monsoon rains into overdrive.

Here in Banaba, the enhanced monsoon brought rain for most of Saturday and all of Sunday. Rescue teams were put on alert on Sunday afternoon, and they spent Sunday night monitoring water levels thanks to texts from community group “Buklod Tao’s” leadership.

At about midnight, it became too dangerous to stay near the rivers and the rescue teams sprang into action. They spread the word that it was time to go and helped the community’s less able members get to safety. With the most vulnerable residents safe, they returned to their communities with their boats and checked that no one was trapped by floodwaters.

Thanks to the quick work of the rescue teams, evacuation went smoothly. The rain’s slowed for now, but we’re not out of the woods yet. At the time of writing, up to 30 mm of rain are expected in the next 24 hours, and the effects of the enhanced monsoon could last for up to four days. Unless the weather forecast changes, there will be more evacuation in the coming days.

During these evacuations, ensuring that rescue teams have boats is essential to saving lives. The teams with boats have proven themselves today – but without boats they can’t do their jobs. Any donation, whatever its size, bring us ever closer to delivering a boat to a rescue team leader like Romeo.

If you’re not in a position to give, please share this update with friends and family so that we can help evacuees ride out the enhanced monsoon!

Thanks so much, and very kind regards

Enjoying a hot meal thanks to the rescue teams
Enjoying a hot meal thanks to the rescue teams
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