Overwhelming humanitarian consequences of Typhoon Bopha/Pablo become clearer as more affected areas become accessible, ten days after initial landfall on Mindanao, Philippines. It was the 16th and most powerful typhoon (equal to Category 5 hurricane) to hit the country in 2012.
The United Nations reports 5.5 million people are impacted including 854,984 evacuees, 906 reported dead, 932 missing and 2,660 injured. More than 60,800 houses have been totally damaged and another 88,900 partially damaged, denying affected people the possibility to return home. The United Church of Christ in the Philippines report four UCCP members have died and numerous church buildings are damaged or destroyed.
According to Michael Salem, UCCP program coordinator of the Southeast Mindanao Jurisdictional Area, many evacuees from disaster affected communities are temporarily sheltered in some UCCP local churches.
Disaster Response Committees (DRCs) from UCCP Northeast Davao District Conference and the Southern Mindanao District Conference, in co-operation government agencies, are now conducting relief operations in 10 disaster affected areas, providing food, water, medicine and warm clothing. Relief operations are expected to extend into February 2013 and will be followed by rebuilding.
One Great Hour of Sharing funds have been sent to the UCCP to support their initial relief efforts.
HOW YOU CAN HELP
1. Pray for the people impacted by Typhoon Bopha/Pablo and the United Church of Christ in the Philippines
2. To assist people impacted by this disaster, please make a gift payable to your congregation marked for “Typhoon Bopha/Pablo Relief” with the request they be sent through your Conference office on to Wider Church Ministries.
OR Send gifts, made out to United Church of Christ and marked in the memo portion “Typhoon Bopha/Pablo Relief” to United Church of Christ; Financial Services; 700 Prospect Avenue, Cleveland, OH 44115.
OR Make a secure online donation to the International Disaster Relief fund. Please note “Typhoon Bopha/Pablo” in the Comments Box.
Thank you for your compassion and support.