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Building materials provided by Convoy of Hope being distributed to small islands in the Philippines in 2013. Building materials provided by Convoy of Hope being distributed to small islands in the Philippines in 2013.

Relief in the Philippines in wake of Typhoon Hagupit

UPDATE: Tuesday, Dec. 8, 2014. 11: 30 a.m. CST

As Typhoon Hagupit exits the Philippines, cleanup from the storm’s aftermath begins. The rains are still falling over many of the islands, with 10-15 inches of rain expected. Flooding is severe in many areas, including Lucena, where one of our Philippine Women’s Empowerment Initiatives is based.

“Our team is working to deliver relief supplies to the women in our program,” says Raul Manuel, Philippines national director. “Food and construction supplies are badly needed for distribution.”

Property damage from strong winds has rendered many homeless, especially in hard-hit areas of Delores, Leyte, Samar and Tacloban, where the typhoon first made landfall. Roads are still blocked with fallen debris to many areas still left to survey.

Several of the homes recently constructed by Convoy of Hope have suffered major damage.

As the typhoon approached our team was fast at work staging food and supplies.

“Residents will have a steady food supply,” says Chris Dudley, disaster services response director. “We are working to ensure that those who need food are fed.”

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Sunday, Dec. 7, 2014. 1:30 p.m. CST

“Our Tacloban reconstructed homes were in the path of Typhoon Hagupit and we know several got destroyed again. Food and water is badly needed.”
Raul Manuel, Philippines nation director for Convoy of Hope

A little more than a year ago our Disaster Response team deployed to the Philippines to bring emergency food, water and supplies to tens of thousands of families who were reeling from Super Typhoon Haiyan. In the following months, our team built and repaired homes for dozens of impoverished families who had lost everything during Haiyan.

Unfortunately, this past weekend, another typhoon [Hagupit] made landfall in areas where we did much recovery work this past year. Our in-country teams report that many of the homes we worked on and built took direct hits from this most recent typhoon.

“Our Tacloban reconstructed homes were in the path of the typhoon and we know several got destroyed,” says Raul Manuel, Philippines nation director for Convoy of Hope. “Food and water is badly needed.”

Manuel adds that Hagupit brought heavy rains and flooding to vulnerable areas inhabited by thousands of impoverished residents. Many families have sought safety in evacuation centers. In many areas, electricity and communications are down.

Please know that our teams in the States are deploying to the Philippines and our in-country teams have already begun distributing food.

“Our in-country team is working diligently to bring relief to families,” says Chris Dudley, disaster services response director. “As soon as flights and shipping lanes open we will have emergency supplies and food in the hands of desperate families.”

As more details become available, we ask that you join us in praying for the families impacted by Typhoon Hagupit and consider making a tax-deductible gift.

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(Photo: NOAA/NASA) (Photo: NOAA/NASA)

Monitoring Super Typhoon Hagupit’s path toward the Philippines

Convoy of Hope’s Disaster Services team is closely monitoring Super Typhoon Hagupit, a potentially catastrophic tropical cyclone in the western Pacific Ocean, which forecasters are predicting to make landfall in the Philippines.

“Our in-country staff, as well as our team in the Convoy of Hope Operations Center in Springfield, Mo., are closely watching this storm as it nears the Philippines,” says Chris Dudley, disaster services response director. “If a response is warranted, we’ll act quickly and efficiently.”

Forecasters are warning of the possibly of life-threatening winds, storm surge and flash floods caused by Typhoon Hagupit. As the Disaster Services team monitors the situation, updates will be posted here on the Hope Supply.

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Convoy of Hope’s Disaster Response Team has been coordinating with in-country staff in the Philippines to identify unmet needs. Convoy of Hope’s Disaster Response Team has been coordinating with in-country staff in the Philippines to identify unmet needs.

We shipped a container of disaster relief supplies and sent funds to Manila, Philippines, in response to Typhoon Utor, which battered the nation for days. As monsoon rains continue, large parts of Manila have flooded, rendering at least 130,000 people homeless.

Thankfully, we already have a network in place in the Philippines where we feed children in poverty-stricken areas. To supplement the supplies already shipped, we are also working with a partner to ship hygiene kits to the area and are continuing to identify ways in which we can be of assistance as the water recedes.

Convoy of Hope’s Disaster Response Team has been coordinating with in-country staff in the Philippines and will continue to monitor the situation and update this blog post as new information becomes available.

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