People across the Philippines have been hit by Typhoon Mangkhut, one of the strongest typhoons to hit the islands since Haiyan in 2013.
Known locally as Ompong, the typhoon has caused much destruction. While many communities were prepared for the storm, there is an ongoing concern that landslides and flash floods may exacerbate the damage caused by the initial typhoon.
Christian Aid is particularly concerned for those communities in more remote areas who are extremely vulnerable.
In many areas, people’s harvest was days away from being ready but has now been lost. Combined with high inflation, there are longer-term concerns around food security.
Please donate to the Philippines Typhoon Mangkhut Appeal so we can help communities rebuild and recover.
How we are responding
Our partners are on the ground in the Cagayan, Isabela and Kalinga provinces, assessing the impact and identifying people’s needs.
Our initial response targeted 4,300 families. Now we are aiming to reach 14,300 families across the three provinces.
These families are among the most vulnerable – small farmers, farm workers and indigenous communities living in hard-to-reach and remote areas.
Government aid has not reached these areas and communities have limited access to food.
Through our partners, cash assistance is being given to support these families in accessing basic needs.
This includes water and sanitation support, shelter and emergency food supplies.
Our partners are also helping existing community groups, organisations and institutions identify, design and implement projects or actions to respond to their exact needs, including help restoring their livelihoods.
In the province of Cagayan, Christian Aid worked together with A Single Drop of Safe Water to distribute cash assistance (2,500 pesos each) to 182 families in Taytay, a ward in the Municipality of Baggao.
Baggao is the site of a landfall caused by the typhoon, and Taytay is one its more vulnerable areas.
Florentino and Mary Rose Leones
Florentino and Mary Rose Leones stand in front their house in the Philippines. Typhoon Mangkhut caused severe damage to their house. As farmers, they have limited cash to rebuild. Christian Aid is providing cash assistance. Mary Rose said, ‘No one has come to help us untill now. It is very difficult for us as we lost a lot, we don’t even have a proper place to take shelter.’
In this area of the Philippines there are around 400 families, mostly farmers, who have lost all their crops due to the typhoon. They live in a difficult to reach area as the surrounding roads are flooded and muddy. They are waiting for more assistance.