More than 1.2 million people have been affected by flooding in the Philippines as a result of Typhoon Gener. In just 24 hours, the typhoon has dumped more than half the Philippines total average August rainfall.
783,000 people have evacuated their inundated homes. Benito Ramos, head of the Philippines Disaster Response Agency, estimates that almost 90% of Manila is under water.
A report received by UnitingWorld this morning from long-term partner in the Philippines, the United Church of Christ (UCCP), said that hundreds of families are being rescued from the roofs of homes and are in need of food, medicine, clean water and shelter. They are being cared for by UCCP disaster response units and local churches’ community ministry desks are being swamped with requests for assistance.
“This is reminiscent of our experience during Typhoon Onday in 2009”, said Bishop Reuel Norman Marigza. “We are urgently in need of your help as we ask local churches to respond. Ongoing disaster is the context of our local ministry.”
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