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
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