Typhoon Hagupit causes loss and destruction in the Philippines

December 8, 2014

Approximately 13 months after typhoon Haiyan devastated and destroyed towns and villages in the Philippines residents have had to face another major typhoon. As super typhoon Hagupit , locally known as Ruby, approached it weakened to a category 3 storm.  However, its strong winds and torrential rains caused flooding which damaged and destroyed homes, ruined crops and fields and reportedly killed over 2 dozen people as it  crossed the island of Samar which had been heavily impacted by super typhoon Haiyan.

UCC Disaster Ministries Executive, Zach Wolgemuth, reported, “We have been monitoring the storm for the past several days and are waiting to hear from local partners once assessments have begun. Even though it is expected that the damage from this storm will not be as extensive and severe as Haiyan, this was a category 3 storm just like Hurricane Katrina therefore, you might imagine the level of destruction it has caused.”

Wolgemuth had already scheduled a trip to the region in early 2015 as part of UCC Disaster Ministries work with UCCP (United Church of Christ Philippines) to build nearly 300 homes in communities that were destroyed by typhoon Haiyan. He believes that without a doubt there will be need for support and resources on the island of Samar and has plans to support communities that have now been impacted by this most recent storm.

UCC Disaster Ministries plans to support emergency relief and long-term recovery in order to assist families in rebuilding homes and restoring livelihoods as part of a holistic approach that the ministry has used in response to the events of last year. Wolgemuth has asked for prayer and financial support that will be used to respond directly to survivor’s needs. “We had an overwhelming outpouring of support for our sisters and brothers following last year’s storm. That same spirit of giving and support will be needed throughout this response as well.”

Individuals and congregations are encouraged to give to the International Emergency Relief Fund. 


Mr. Zachary Wolgemuth
Executive for UCC Disaster Ministries
United Church of Christ
700 Prospect Ave
Cleveland, Ohio 44115

Ms. Diane Dicken
Administrative Assistant, Global Sharing of Resources
700 Prospect Ave.
Cleveland, Ohio 44115