You have probably read the news of the impact of Typhoon Haiyan on the Philippines. “The Philippine Red Cross estimates that at least 1,200 people were killed by the storm, but that number could grow as officials make their way to remote areas made nearly inaccessible by Haiyan. Others put the toll much higher: The International Committee of the Red Cross said it's realistic to estimate that 10,000 people may have died nationally… (http://www.cnn.com/2013/11/10/world/asia/philippines-typhoon-haiyan/index.html?hpt=hp_t1)
We have been in touch with our missionaries Debbie Mulneix, Jonathan and Thelma Nambu, as well as with our partner the Convention of Philippines Baptist Churches (CPBC). They reported that Manila and Iloilo are not as heavily affected as the southern part of the country. (Iloilo is where the CPBC Headquarters and several CPBC member institutions are located like the Central Philippines University and the Iloilo Mission Hospital.) I am working with Lisa Rothenberger, AB World Relief Officer to provide an immediate relief grant to help the victims. Further news will be posted in the IM webpage. Please continue to pray for the victims and the relief work.
From Mrs. Henna Caipang, Director of the CPBC Development Ministries,
" Typhoon Haiyan's caused havoc all over Visayas area from east to west. Our churches are calling for help. I just received reports from our churches in Aklan and capiz. I will be going around today as soon as the road and areas are passable and accessible. As of the moment, even government aids cannot get through because of the damaged especially roads and bridges. People are crying for help. We still need your prayers. And will send report as soon as I can. Thank you again.”
"Super typhoon Haiyan made its first landfall in Samar and Leyte in November 8 with sustained winds of 185 kph near the center and gustiness of up to 220 kph according to National Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Council (NDRRMC) leaving Tacloban City devastated and many lives lost. Following landfalls in western Visayas greatly affected provinces of Capiz and Iloilo in Panay Island and the northern part of Negros Island.
“Official report from the National Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Council (NDRRMC) as of 09 November 2013, a total of 944,597 families (4,283,636 persons) were affected in 1,363 barangays (villages), 39 cities, 229 municipalities in 36 provinces in the Visayas, Southern Tagalog and Northern Mindanao regions. A total of 71,623 families (330,914 persons) are being served inside 1,223 evacuation centers. There were 138 deaths, 14 injured and 4 missing. But latest news this morning from ABS-CBN, November 10, it was feared to have 1,200 deaths in Tacloban
The need for relief assistance:
CPBC Development Ministries in coordination with the Asia Pacific Baptist Aid of Asia Pacific Baptist Federation received information re destruction and needs in the hardly hit areas in the provinces of Capiz, Iloilo and North Negros where majority of CPBC churches are situated. CPBC would like to assist in the immediate needs of families that are food, drinking water, blankets and mats. Relief operation is difficult because of roads destroyed and flooded. Many areas could not be reached yet. Also electricity and communication line are damaged. CPBC is coordinating with government officials to be able to reach the affected areas."
Please send your donations to:
International Ministries, PO Box 851, Valley Forge, PA 19482-0851. Please write "OGHS-PHILIPPINES TYPHOON RELIEF" on the memo line of your check. Thank you! Later today, the ability to give donations online on the IM website will be in place.