21 January 2014
At least 60 people have been killed and nearly 800,000 affected as Tropical Depression Agaton tore through southern and central Philippines on Friday 17 January.
The people of the Philippines once more bear the brunt of extreme weather – only months since Typhoon Haiyan wrought havoc and left 4.1 million people homeless.
Eastern Samar province, November 2013. Aftermath of Typhoon Haiyan.
Flooding and landslides have destroyed more than 700 homes and left many roads and bridges impassable, isolating dozens of villages in need of aid. Power and water supplies have also been disrupted.
The worst affected provinces include Davao Oriental, Compostela Valley and Agusan del Sur on the island of Mindanao - areas devastated by Typhoon Bopha in December 2012.
‘Sadly, this is the stark reality faced by the people of the Philippines; more lives lost or devastated by extreme weather.'
Typhoon Haiyan affected areas
Fierce winds and heavy rains also lashed Typhoon Haiyan affected areas of Eastern Samar and Leyte before heading south west to Mindanao.
Adrian Ouvry, Christian Aid’s Head of Humanitarian programmes said: ‘Sadly, this is the stark reality faced by the people of the Philippines; more lives lost or devastated by extreme weather.
‘The task of rebuilding following emergencies like Typhoon Haiyan and Typhoon Bopha takes years. For poor and marginalised communities trying to piece back their lives, events like Agaton make this task so incredibly difficult.’
‘However, the courage and resolve of Filipinos in the face of a seemingly unending torrent of extreme weather is incredible.’
We remain in close contact with our local Philippines based partners. We are monitoring the impact of Tropical depression Agaton closely.
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Our response to Typhoon Haiyan