Tropical storm "Washi" in the Philippines Order of Malta - Permanent Observer Mission

19/01/2012

Tropical storm „Washi“ in the Philippines

Malteser International expands emergency relief

A total of 100 temporary homes including latrines as well as community faucets for safe drinking water will be constructed in Iligan, a medium-sized city located on the Philippine island Mindanao. This is the next step the Philippine association of the Order of Malta, which is conducting relief activities in the region on behalf of Malteser International, takes to support the people severely affected by the tropical storm “Washi” in mid-December. Heavy rainfall and flash floods caused by the storm destroyed whole parts of the island and rendered hundreds of thousands homeless.

“Especially the children, being highly vulnerable, need immediate care and protection. They are in risk of sexual abuse and trafficking because of the congested situation in the evacuation centres and the breakdown of social structures,” explains Dr. Melgabal Capistrano, Malteser International consultant for disaster risk reduction, currently supporting the team on Mindanao. With this special focus on the safety of unaccompanied and separated children, psycho-social support and preventive measures are part of the relief measures. In response to an appeal of the local authorities, the Philippine association also supports the management and coordination of the evacuation centers.

Directly after “Washi” hit the island, Malteser International, the relief service of the Order of Malta for worldwide humanitarian aid, supported the Philippine association with an initial 10,000 euros. The relief measures can now be expanded, thanks to Caritas International providing an additional 50,000 euros. Immediately after the tropical storm, the Philippine association sent about two tons of food, medicines and supplies to the disaster area around Cagayan de Oro and Iligan.

In order to continue providing relief for those affected by “Washi”, Malteser International kindly asks for donations: Donate now!