16 July 2014
On the afternoon of 15 July, Typhoon Glenda, the strongest storm to hit the Philippines this year, swept through the country. It was expected and having planned for the worst, those in its path prayed for the best.
More than 450,000 people have been affected as fierce winds and unrelenting rains toppled trees and knocked out power supplies.
A series of landslides across the region have made many roads impassable.
History repeating? This photo from two years ago shows heavy monsoon rains battering the Philippines, causing widespread flooding, flash floods and landslides.
Waist deep flood waters
As rivers burst their banks, and people battled waist deep flood waters to evacuate, communities remained on high alert for probable storm surges and flash flooding.
More than 370,000 have been forced from their homes, many seeking refuge in evacuation centres where they’re receiving vital food, water and medical attention.
Metro Manila is currently at a standstill and the president has declared a suspension to all school and government activities.
Christian Aid is ready to respond
Ted Bonpin Christian Aid’s Emergency Manager said: 'At the moment, things have ground to a halt. The power is out. Making contact with family, friends, Christian Aid partners and the communities they serve is extremely difficult.’
‘ Things have ground to a halt. The power is out. Making contact with family (and) friends... extremely difficult.'
‘However, our partner Coastal Core has already dispatched a rapid assessment team to affected communities and all our partners are experienced in dealing with situations such as this.
‘We’re ready to respond.’
Fear and worry
Extreme and dangerous weather like this is the norm for people in the Philippines, yet the fear and worry of what it brings never goes away.
More than 20 typhoons a year batter the Philippines. So while the struggle for the poorest households, to feed, clothe, house and care for themselves and their families persists, extreme weather like this simply compounds the poverty and powerlessness they face.
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