In late July and August intense monsoon rains and Typhoon Saola flooded Metro Manila and much of the island of Luzon. The floods affected over 500,000 people, forcing 17,000 into evacuation centers. Many families returning to their homes lack basic supplies, and need support to rebuild their houses and regain their livelihoods. To meet future disasters, communities are attempting to develop community-based disaster management programs. PWA is aiding CDRC in these efforts
PWA and local partner CDRC have been distributing relief supplies to affected families in the Philippines. Relief supplies include food, blankets and sanitary items that meet emergency needs. PWA is supporting CDRC to develop community-based disaster management programs, necessary to lessen the impact of future disasters in this vulnerable nation.
By providing relief goods, we can meet emergency, immediate needs. Most important is the need for us and others to target community-based disaster management programs to better prepare and respond to future disasters.