Typhoon in Philippines updated 13 Nov 2001

Report
from Catholic Relief Services
Published on 13 Nov 2001
Typhoon Lingling (also known as Nanang) hit The Philippines on Tuesday, November 6 killing at least 200 people and leaving 177 missing and presumed dead. Some 173,000 families were affected in the Visayas and Mindanao regions. Worst hit was Camiguin, an island off Cagayan de Oro City in Mindanao, The Philippines where more than 7,000 families were affected. Damage to infrastructure, crops, and private property was estimated by the government at over $7 million. Officials are busy burying the dead for fear of a health epidemic, which is possible if the water system is not repaired soon.
Catholic Relief Services Responds

The Philippines' National Secretariat for Social Action-Justice and Peace (NASSA) has been coordinating relief efforts with the Archdiocese of Cagayan de Oro's Social Action Center. However, because the need is so great, NASSA has issued an international appeal for emergency assistance. They are requesting food, medicines, shelter and mats/blankets for some 18,000 people in Camiguin, The Philippines. Catholic Relief Services staff in Mindanao, the country's southern island is assisting NASSA with its assessment in Camiguin.

Because of the level of devastation the island has endured, NASSA is estimating that emergency relief efforts could last as long as one month. The Philippine government and the governments of Spain, Japan and the U.S. have also provided financial assistance, food and other necessities in support of the relief efforts.

Background

Lingling, a tropical storm when it landed in The Philippines last Tuesday, has since grown to typhoon strength and is heading towards Vietnam. The strong rains in The Philippines triggered landslides and flash floods that buried hundreds under mud and debris. Lingling is the 14th major storm to hit The Philippines since January 2001.

CRS has been working in The Philippines since 1945 when it began a post World War II relief program with The Philippine Catholic Church. Over the years, the agency has evolved into a multi-faceted developmental organization that supports a variety of agriculture, peace and reconciliation, microfinance and health projects throughout the country.

Donations can also be made by calling: 1-800-736-3467

or by sending checks to: P.O. Box 17090, Baltimore, Maryland 21203-7090.

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