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
Media and Marketing Director International Disaster Volunteers England and Wales Registered Charity: 1132011
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