Typhoon leaves 400,000 in need of urgent relief

Damage caused by Typhoon Rai in the Philippines (Caritas Philippines)

At least 200 people were killed and a further 780,000 were affected by Typhoon Rai, which hit the Philippines with wind gusts of up to 235 km/h. Source: Caritas Australia.

Last week's typhoon brought torrential rain, strong winds, flash floods, landslides and extensive damage to homes and livelihoods across five regions, and over 300,000 people were evacuated.

The extensive damage, coupled with the ongoing impacts of COVID-19, has made emergency response challenging: roads are impassable, and whole areas have lost power, communications and access to clean water. Hundreds of thousands of people are stranded without access to basic infrastructure.

Aloysius Canete, Caritas Australia’s global humanitarian emergencies lead, said many affected by the typhoon were already living below the poverty line, which in the Philippines is the figure of $4.50 a day. He said at least 400,000 will need urgent relief for shelter, food, clean water and medicine.

Caritas Philippines’ Executive Secretary Fr Tony Labiao said some communities might be waiting for weeks for their power to be restored and they don’t know when the water supply will return.”

“It is not just the days after a typhoon that are difficult – the recovery process can stretch weeks, months, and in many cases, even years. I anticipate that the recovery from this typhoon will be long and difficult, and require a lot of coordination and effort from our partner Caritas Philippines, the government, and other local and international organisations.”

Caritas Australia has pledged to support the Philippines through the Asia Emergency Appeal. Details: www.caritas.org.au/donate/emergency-appeals/asia/


Over 200 casualties and 780,000 impacted by Typhoon Rai in the Philippines (Caritas Australia)

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