Three days of monsoon rains caused flooding in nine provinces in the Philippines. The flooding forced approximately 250,000 people from their homes. Many of Food for the Hungry’s communities located near fast-moving, overflowing rivers have evacuated.
Several FH staff have experienced flooding in their homes, like FH/Philippines Country Director Debbie Toribio.
Here is an update from Debbie from the field:
Up to 70 percent of Metro Manila is under water. This morning, rain stopped for a little, but this afternoon, we are experiencing strong rains again. The floods are rising.
Four of Food for the Hungry’s communities have been affected:
1. Catmon is experiencing flooding up to a person’s chest-level. The only means of transportation are rubber boats. Families are currently in Catmon elementary school. The flood entered the churches, so they could not open to shelter families. They’ve had no electricity for two days.
2. In Navotas, they had passable roads this morning, but this afternoon, it’s a red code again. Water is up to waist level. Families have been relocated to a site. Our leaders in the community have started soup kitchen to feed affected families at the relocation site. They have had no electricity for two days now.
3. In Rizal, 80 families are staying at San Jose Elementary school, while 130 families from Tibag are staying at Burgos Elementary school. Our partner church Bethel Christian Assembly provided cooked meals to families and opened the church as temporary shelter to our FH families.
4. In Bulacan, 40 families living near the river were evacuated. At lunch time, they were already released because the leaders have been informed that the nearby dam won’t release any water anymore.
Immediate needs are cooked food, drinking water, medicines, clothes, mats and blankets.
We have started responding through soup kitchen in Navotas and Rizal. We’ll continue to do so. We plan to provide food relief, drinking water and mats and blankets. We are currently coordinating with some local partners for medical check-ups, because some children are already sick from the conditions.
Please consider helping Food for the Hungry help these families in need by donating here.