humedica coordinator in the disaster region

by Ruth Bücker, 2011/12/20

More than two months after the devastating typhoons Nesat and Nalgae, which tracked across Luzon, the main island of the Philippines, leaving destruction and chaos behind, the Philippines were now hit by typhoon Washi. Mindanao Island, which is located south of Luzon, was ravaged by storms and torrential rainfalls that, according to latest statements of the United Nations, claimed the lives of 960 persons.

In Cagayan de Oro and Iligan, the two most affected cities, both of which are located in the north west of Mindanao Island, ten thousands had to be moved to emergency accommodations, after the floods and mudslides had caused devastation and destruction. Photo: humedica/Peter Pilz

According to these estimates, 340,000 children, women and men are suffering the consequences of the typhoon. More than 50,000 had to be moved to evacuation shelters and emergency accommodations, since their houses were destroyed or threatened by the ongoing rainfalls that went on all weekend.

Precipitations of an amount that corresponds to the average amount of rain for an entire month, poured down onto Mindanao within only twelve hours. Numerous cities were flooded by rivers that burst their banks. Destroyed houses, carried along objects and other flotsam became a mortal danger to the people who tried to escape the water by climbing onto their roofs.

Together with our partner organisation Operation Blessing Philippines, with whom humedica teams already treated the victims of the first two typhoons, coordinator Peter Pilz travelled to Mindanao in order to assess the demand for aid and to initiate further relief measures.

In the city of Cagayan de Oro thousands of people at evacuation centres depend on international aid. Besides the priority of providing an urgently needed access to drinking water and food, the victims of the typhoons furthermore are in need of medical aid and of support with reconstructing and refurnishing their houses.

Even before Christmas, humedica will send out another doctor team to the Philippines, which is currently being put together. Medical equipment and drugs will be provided in form of the so-called MediKit, a medical set for treating the first 3000 patients.

Let us not forget, in this busy time before Christmas, that Christmas is the feast of love. Let us live charity in action. Thank you very much!

      humedica e. V.
      Donation reference “Flood relief Philippines
      Account 47 47
      Bank Code 734 500 00
      Sparkasse Kaufbeuren

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