ADRA delivers emergency food and water following Cyclone Bopha

The Adventist Development and Relief Agency (ADRA) is providing emergency food and clean water to 16,000 people affected by Cyclone Bopha, which struck the Philippines last week.

Winds upward of 260km/h, torrential rain and subsequent flash flooding and landslides hit the southern-Philippines island of Mindanao after Bopha made landfall on Tuesday, December 4. At the time of writing more than 700 people were confirmed dead, with close to 900 still missing.

“Along with housing and infrastructure facing significant damage, people’s livelihoods, income and sources of food have been destroyed,” said Mark Webster, acting International Programs Director for ADRA Australia.

“ADRA’s emergency food packs and the water purification equipment being taken to the region will ensure 16,000 of the hardest hit will survive and can begin rebuilding their lives.”

ADRA’s aid is focussed in Davao Oriental, a coastal province all but wiped out by Cyclone Bopha.

“We are committed to helping those most vulnerable in times like this. People with chronic illnesses, or who are disabled or elderly will are being prioritised to receive assistance,” said Mr Webster. “Orphans, large families and female headed households will also be specifically targeted.”

400,000 people remain in temporary shelter as they begin to rebuild their homes and livelihoods.

ADRA Philippines has also implemented emergency food and water projects following recent disasters including Cyclone Washi in 2011.

You can help support ADRA’s work in the region, and other disaster affected areas around the world through donations to ADRA Australia’s Disaster Preparedness and Response Fund. To give your support donate online or call 1800 24 ADRA.

ADRA Australia is a Christian aid and humanitarian organisation that empowers communities and changes lives. ADRA Australia works with people in poverty and distress to create just and positive change through empowering partnerships and responsible action.

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