I’d like to give you update on the current situation of the area devastated by Typhoon Bopha.
As of December 12th, the death toll stood at 740 with more than 1,000 people reported missing. Almost 500,000 families are affected by the disaster, many seeking shelter after their homes and livelihoods were destroyed.
Damages and casualties caused by Typhoon Bopha, or Pablo as locally named are far worse than caused by Typhoon Saola in August. At that time Peace Winds America helped 350 families, but now the people of Mindanao have much greater need for food, water, shelter, and repair of infrastructure and their homes.
The area struck is agricultural, with fields after fields flattened and banana plantations devastated. Most of the farmers have now lost their livelihoods. Thousands will not be able to provide means to support their families.. People desperately need assistance.
Peace Winds America (PWA) is aiding the Philippine people working with our local partner, CDRC (The Citizens’ Disaster Response Center) and its regional partner Mindanao Interfaith Services Foundation (MISFI). We are providing relief to some of the hardest hit areas in Mindanao. Our current joint relief operations target 4,800 people, or 800 families located in Compostela Valley, Davao Oriental, and Misamis Oriental providing food and shelter.
PWA continues to monitor and assess the local situation and will provide support to meet the needs of those struck by Typhoon Bopha. Your understanding and support is strongly needed and greatly appreciated.
Charles R. Aanenson, CEO Peace Winds America
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