Emergency Updates: Philippines

by Jed Murphy, editor of CAFOD Southwark’s Blog and Facebook

Sometimes even large scale tragedies fail to make it onto our television news screens. However, whether large or small, CAFOD responds to Emergencies wherever they are in the world and whenever they happen.

Typhoon Bopha hits Tagum City, southern Philip-pines [Photo: REUTERS/Stringer courtesy of alertnet]

Typhoon Bopha hits Tagum City, southern Philip-pines [Photo: REUTERS/Stringer courtesy of alertnet]

At the beginning of December Typhoon Bopha (known locally as Typhoon Pablo) hit Mindanao island in the Philippines. The island had been hit hard in 2011 by another Typhoon (called Washi) that killed over 1200 people and left many tens of thousands homeless.

Thankfully, Typhoon Bopha has caused less damage – yet some-where in the region of 150,000 people have been forced to leave their homes and around 300 people have died. This year the government and local communities have been better prepared for the typhoon thanks to the work done by CAFOD’s regional partner Ecoweb. Ecoweb has worked with local authorities to improve the way they prepare for natural disasters, supporting the government in setting up an emergency response unit that helps people get to safe areas when disaster strikes.

However, as Dr Kate Crowley, who leads CAFOD’s Disaster Reduction work said:

“Although better early warning sys-tems are in place, typhoons like this one can still cause immense damage. Thousands of people who lost their homes are still living in tents and temporary shelters, and we‟re particularly worried about the impact the typhoon may have had on them.”

Please remember to keep all those affected in your prayers. And if you can, please make a donation to further help our Emergency work around the world.

There are a number of ways to make a donation:

Online, via the CAFOD website: http://www.cafod.org.uk

By telephone: 0500 858 885

By post, with a cheque to: CAFOD, Romero House, 55 Westminster Bridge Road, London, SE1 7JB

You can also keep up to date with the news, from the CAFOD website here.