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20 December 2011

Aid rushed to the Philippines

Just hours after a devastating typhoon lashed the southern Philippines island of Mindanao, Convoy of Hope’s global disaster response team mobilized to help those affected by the deadly storm.

Container loads carrying 18,000 meals have been dispatched from Convoy of Hope’s warehouse in Manila and are headed to Mindanao, where Typhoon Washi unleashed torrential rains, killing more than 900 people.

“Our thoughts and prayers go out to the people of the Philippines,” says Hal Donaldson, president of Convoy of Hope. “Our team is coordinating relief efforts by working with local representatives, contacts and churches to ensure our food will be distributed quickly to those in need.”

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More than 25,000 families in and around the city of Cagayan de Oro have lost everything, according to Raul Manuel, Philippines country director for Convoy of Hope.

“The majority of lives lost and property destroyed were due to major flash flooding,” says Manuel, who is en route to Mindanao to assess the evolving situation. “We’re currently working with local leaders to organize groups of people to help survivors of the storm with debris clean up.”

Convoy of Hope has been feeding close to 2,000 children in an elementary school in Cagayan de Oro through its children’s feeding initiative.

“I will be visiting the school to assess the damage there,” says Manuel.

Information from the affected areas indicates a need for food, bedding and dry clothing. Convoy of Hope will continue to monitor the situation and respond accordingly.

“This is a time of year for giving and sharing with others in need,” says Donaldson. “We will work diligently to respond to the needs of our friends in the Philippines.”

- ReliefWeb