Our communities in the Philippines have been hit hard by Super Typhoon RAI, locally called Odette.
As you can see in the news reports, Philippines was hit by a category 5 super typhoon last Thursday which devastated the Visayas region including Cebu where many of our communities are located. With sustained winds of 175 and rafts going up to 240 km/h, RAI caused alarmingly high damages. 3 million families were affected, with at least 300,000 people evacuated. According to the National Council for Disaster Risk Reduction and Management, more than 10,000 villages were on the typhoon path-- a “complete carnage”. To date, the number of typhoon victims in the Philippines is estimated at 375 people dead and 52 missing, but these numbers could still increase. The electricity access remains intermittent, but our program teams are doing their best to give us updates on the situation in Cebu.
With power and signal down, even ATMs no longer function, preventing people from getting cash to access food and other basic needs. Only a few stores are also operational and supplies are decreasing fast.
The situation is critical and we need your help!The needs are considerable:
- We look forward to the emergency assistance of our partner from the French Chamber of Commerce and Industry in the Philippines: the FPUA (France-Philippines United Action Foundation) which coordinates the distribution of emergency kits by sending containers from Manila to Cebu for W&L communities.
- Our teams are doing their best to supply drinking water and water tanks to our partner communities. The need for water per person and per day is at least 3 liters to cover the emergency situation. That means we need 133,000 liters of water per day to cover all our beneficiaries in these areas.
- It is vital that we acquire a generator to work effectively and to provide emergency assistance to our teams so they can also repair their homes.
This is the best gift that we can give together this Christmas to the victims of typhoon Odette.We need your help NOW!
Alexia Michels, Country Director Philippines Philippe de Roux, Co-founder and CEO of Eau et Vie