The immediate effects from Typhoon Washi were merely phase one of the devastation that people of the Philippines experienced. Lack of electricity and clean water, a rising death toll approaching a thousand, hundreds still missing, and 100,000 displaced people plague the country as a search for missing loved ones presses on–while the country is forced to deal with such a large and unexpected onslaught of deaths.
Located right on the river, Isla de Oro was once the residence of hundreds of families, now it remains with only 4 houses still standing. As a particularly affected area, the government announced that families are no longer allowed to go back to the area — the risk of flooding again is too high. The amount of debris and damage from mud and water has made many previous structures unlivable. Unable to return to homes, either from governmental mandates or because the destruction is still too overwhelming, many families are displaced. Evacuation centers are overrun holding up to about six families in classrooms or other small shared spaces.
In Cagayan De Oro, water is a big problem. The main pipeline for the district is damaged and water bottles are scarce. It is estimated to take a month for the pipeline to be repaired and the water supply to return to normal. In the meantime, Manila has sent a water purification system. This allows people to use water from the river and after several stages of purification, the result is clean water. While this is helpful to those who have access, water bottles are in high demand as many still have no access to clean water.
Lutheran World Relief is responding. We must raise $250,000 in order to be the most effective in helping those affected. Your gifts will be used to respond to the Philippines Floods until needs there are met. Gifts received after that time will be used where needs are greatest. Thank you for your compassion. Please give generously.