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Typhoon Mangkhut Emergency Appeal

95 people have been killed in a massive storm that brought destruction to the northern Philippines. Dozens more are still missing.

Our partners the United Church of Christ in the Philippines (UCCP) are providing emergency relief.

You can help get food and emergency supplies where they’re needed most. Donate now.

Super Typhoon Mangkhut (local name ‘Ompong’) smashed into the Philippines on 15 September. The equivalent of a Category 5 hurricane, Mangkhut has been the world’s strongest storm recorded so far this year.

Flash floods and landslides have left 95 people dead and dozens more have been reported missing.

Widespread damage across the northern Philippines has left many homeless and has crippled infrastructure including farms, food-supplies and businesses.

Our partners are responding with emergency assistance and you can help.

“Relief distribution has to be done as soon as possible to meet the immediate needs of the victims. There are many communities that are badly in need of food supplies.”

– Bishop Labuntog, General Secretary, United Church of Christ in the Philippines

In a letter we recieved from Bishop Labuntog, he grieves the high death toll and horrific reports of many people being buried alive under landslides. He says that amongst the dead are UCCP members, eight of whom tragically died while trying to rescue victims of earlier landslides.

The UCCP has used their churches and schools to shelter hundreds of people, and have been providing leadership and pastoral care during disaster rescue efforts in remote regions. Local ministers have identified communities in dire need of food assistance and distributions have begun.

Please donate to support our partners as they respond to this emergency.

Your donation will help get food and emergency supplies to where they’re needed most.

Other ways to help

  • Pray for all people impacted by Super typhoon Mangkhut including families and friends of victims. Pray for the safety of first responders and emergency personnel. Pray for our church partners and their important relief work.
  • Share this appeal on your social media and church networks. The media cycle often doesn’t reflect the true magnitude of a disaster like this. By amplifying it you can help show solidarity with our neighbours and courageous partners in the Philippines.
  • Please do not collect physical items to ship to impacted regions. The Australian Council for International Development (ACFID) advises that the most efficient and cost-effective way of helping those affected by a disaster is with your donation. We ask you to please refrain from sending physical items, for more information please visit: https://reliefweb.int/report/world/challenges-unsolicited-bilateral-donations-pacific-humanitarian-responses

Other ways to donate

Direct Debit:

Bank: Westpac – King St, Sydney NSW

Account Name: Uniting Church Overseas Aid Account

Account Number: 182657

BSB: 032-014

Description: Typhoon Mangkhut


For mail, please forward your cheque, money order or credit card details to:


PO Box A2266

Sydney South NSW 1235

Please add a short note which outlines to where the funds are to be directed, to whom the receipt is to made out to and the relevant contact details for same.


A member of our team can assist with taking your donation by credit card over the phone, for this option please call: 02 8267 4267

All donations over $2 are tax-deductible. Please give generously.

Funds raised for the Typhoon Mangkhut Appeal are applied to the emergency response and for rehabilitation activities in the affected areas. In the unlikely event that funds raised exceed the amount needed for this appeal, funds will be used for UnitingWorld’s disaster fund, helping vulnerable communities in the Pacific and Asia prepare for disasters ($1 spent in preparedness saves $15 in response efforts later – DFAT).

UnitingWorld is accredited by the Australian Government and is a member of the Australian Council for International Development (ACFID). As signatory to the ACFID Code of Conduct, we are held accountable to the highest standards of governance, financial transparency and effectiveness in our work.

To make the best use of our supporters’ money, and to get the best outcomes for our partners, we invest in good management practices, ensuring the careful planning, oversight and evaluation of our work, as well as clear transparent and accountable use of all funds. UnitingWorld uses 10% of funds raised to pay for the administrative expenses of running a fundraising appeal and coordinating disaster response with our local church partners.