In response to the ongoing Mt. Mayon eruption in the Philippines, AMDA conducted emergency relief in Camalig, Albay Province located approximately 500km south of Manila. After arriving in the capital on 09 February, a coordinator from AMDA Headquarters joined a medical team from AMDA Philippines to move to Camalig, the city at the foot of the volcano. As they reached the locality on the 10th, they immediately launched medical relief at Cotmon National High School in which an evacuation center was set.
On 08 February 2018, AMDA Headquarters has dispatched one coordinator from Japan to the Philippines in response to Mt. Mayon volcanic eruption in Albay Province, South Luzon. The active volcano is located 500 kilometers southeast of Manila.
As of 07 February 2018, 87,452 people have fled homes and 58,069 people are now staying at evacuation shelters in 52 locations. (Source: National Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Council-NDRRMC (07 February 2018))
In response to the devastating typhoon that struck the whole island of Mindanao in the southern Philippines on 22 December 2017, AMDA will be sending a team of relief personnel to Cagayan de Oro in the Province of Misamis Oriental. The torrential rain has caused the flooding of Cagayan River in the region, affecting the city located in the downstream area.
Procuring and Preparing Relief Goods
Upon arrival in Manila, AMDA nurse discussed with our local partner and found that Biliran island located in the central part of the Philippines is the most affected island from the Typhoon. Thus, AMDA in collaboration with our local partners identified affected communities in Biliran to distribute our relief goods, then procured and repacked food items (instant noodles, coffee packs, fish and meat canned food, cookies with a water bottle) for approximately 700 households in Cebu on 22nd of December.
On 16 December 2017, Typhoon Urduja, which landed on Samal, in the center of the Philippines, caused extensive damage to the area. According to the local coverage on 19 December, 41 deaths were reported. NDRRMC (National Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Council) said over 1,000,000 people have been affected by the disaster, and 100,000 were forced to evacuate. Also, more than 300 districts were said to be flooded with which most of them are still being submerged. Accordingly, this led the power and water supplies to get suspended in some locations.