humedica helps victims of tropical storm Ketsana - medical team on its way to Manila

by Wolfgang Groß/ RBU, 2009/09/27

Last weekend, tropical storm Ketsana swept through the northern Philippines causing the worst flooding in more than four decades. More than 100 people died in the floods or are still missing, tens of thousands have lost their homes

Flood victims are evacuated by boat. Foto: Reuters/ Erik de Castro

According to the director of humedica’s partner organisation SBM, Bo Wallenberg, those affected particularly badly are the people living in the slums of the capital Manila, whose huts have been washed away by flooding up to six metres high. Thousands sought refuge on the roofs of houses where they had to be rescued by soldiers and rescue workers.

For this reason, the internationally-active relief organisation humedica (Kaufbeuren) went on alert on Sunday and sent a medical team, led by Dr. Michael Hahn (Munich), to Manila on Monday, which is going to provide medical care for flood victims together with Philippine colleagues. Further team members are Heidi Nicklin (Glasgow), an experienced coordinator, Dr. Christian Scholber (Hannover) and Saskia Hankel, a nurse (Bochum).

The team will work in close cooperation with SBM and Operation Blessing Philippines. Apart from the medical work, distributions of relief goods will be carried out and possibilities sought for taking part in reconstruction measures. SBM Philippines have already provided shelter to emergency victims on their premises during the storm.

Inundations up to six metres high flood the streets. Foto: Reuters/ Erik de Castro

The Philippines are regularly afflicted by natural disasters. In the past, humedica has already delivered aid in the Philippines several times, after earthquakes and after a volcanic eruptions. Each time, SBM acted as our reliable partner on the spot, placing its logistics at our disposal as well as local support staff.

humedica would like to ask friends and sponsors for concrete support in the form of a donation:

      humedica e. V.
      Reference "Flood Aid Philippines"
      Account 47 47
      Bank code 734 500 00
      Sparkasse Kaufbeuren

or donate online via the following Link. Thank you very much for any kind of support.

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