Caritas network responds to Cyclone Nina in the Philippines

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Local Caritas staff, partners and volunteers are responding with emergency assistance following a powerful Category Four typhoon that struck the Philippines on Christmas Day

Typhoon Nock-Ten, also known as Nina, made landfall over Catanduanes province, in the north-east Philippines, at roughly 6:30pm on Christmas Day.

More than 600,000 people across six provinces in the Philippines were directly impacted by the typhoon and over 248,000 homes as well as hospital services and water infrastructure were damaged.

Caritas Australia's CEO, Paul O'Callaghan, said the Caritas Internationalis network responded quickly and efficiently to the disaster.

"The efforts of Caritas Philippines (NASSA) and other partners in pre-positioning essential relief materials and evacuation centres has helped save communities that would otherwise have been more badly affected by the typhoon," Mr O'Callaghan said.

Caritas Australia has joined the global Caritas response, pledging an initial AUD $40,000 from its Emergency Response Fund. The emergency response is concentrating on food relief to at least 5,000 families, as well as the restoration of livelihoods like farming, fishing and other micro-enterprises.

Emergency shelter kits and housing materials remain the top priority for families in isolated provinces like Catanduanes, Camarines Sur and Albay. Caritas teams on the ground have also reported extensive damage to transportation, communication, and electrical infrastructure.

The Government of the Philippines is not making a national declaration of emergency, though significant work is needed from Caritas Australia and its partners to support affected communities.

If you would like to assist the people of Philippines, you can donate to the Caritas Australia Emergency Response Fund by calling 1800 024 413 or by visiting

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