During October, a series of devastating earthquakes in Mindanao, Philippines have caused the displacement of more than 200,000 people with additional earthquakes predicted soon. Asia America Initiative and local partners are supporting communities in remote, rural areas where they are in urgent need. AAI is helping to provide food, clean water, temporary shelter, warm clothing, blankets, strong pails, hygiene materials, and basic health care items for at least 5,000 displaced families.
A series of earthquakes have been hitting the main island of Mindanao in the Philippines. 45 earthquakes have occurred since October 11, 2019 with 3 major earthquakes registering 6.4, 6.5 and 6.6. 231,000 people are affected. Many families have had to be evacuated and 35,000 people are displaced from their homes. The major concern is that more strong earthquakes are expected and there is a high probability of soil liquefaction which can cause areas to be buried by mud and buildings to collapse.
Asia America Initiative is already working with local leaders and other non-profit organizations, police and fire fighters to deliver goods and services urgently needed. We have already purchased minimal food and hygiene supplies for 500 families. However we are targeting support for 5,000 families especially in hard to reach areas.
The long term impact of this program will prevent waterborne and infectious diseases which can cause death of children, women and senior citizens. We are providing shelter materials to protect people from exposure to cold and wet environment after being displaced from their homes. Diseases caused by mosquitoes, bad water, and rats become more likely after prolonged exposure to the element and no sanitation. AAI will concentrate on providing emergency aid and assistance to 20,000 people.