During the week starting August 18th, a nearby typhoon caused the
normal monsoon rains to go into overdrive. It rained for almost five
full days – more than a month’s worth of rain fell in August 19th
By the end of the day on August 19th, the rivers began to burst their
banks, and community rescue teams sprang into action. The boats you’ve
funded were in action all over Banaba rescuing dozens of families –
but the area of “North Libis” saw a particularly dramatic rescue.
North Libis is located under a bridge next to the area’s largest river
– the Marikina river. The river rose suddenly and more than 40
families became trapped by the floodwaters.
Among those trapped were a mom and her new-born baby. She had given
birth just a week before, so she was too weak to wade through the
deep, fast-flowing water with her baby. All she could do was wait in
her house hoping help would come.
Her neighbours were able to escape, and they alerted a community
rescue team. That team returned within minutes with their boat and
ferried mother and child to a safe evacuation centre. Without that
boat, she and her baby’s story could easily have turned into tragedy.
The same rescue team was also a lifeline for dozens of other families
when floodwaters rose – but they wouldn’t have been able to help
anyone without their rescue boat! By donating towards rescue boats
you’re helping to rescue families in their hour of need. Thanks so
August’s flood wasn’t a one-off – there are surely more floods coming
in the 2013 rainy season. Thanks to your generosity for each of those
floods community rescue teams with their boats boats will be there
ready to save lives. We’ll update you on how these boats are saving
lives as more floods come, so stay tuned!
As always, if you have any questions about how we’re using your
donation to change lives here in Banaba, don’t hesitate to email
Emma@IDVolunteers.org. We’d love to hear from you!
Very kind regards,
Head of Media and Marketing
International Disaster Volunteers
England and Wales Registered Charity: 1132011
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