Philippines: Typhoon Bopha leaves path of destruction Order of Malta - Permanent Observer Mission

07/12/2012

Philippines: Typhoon Bopha leaves path of destruction

A typhoon victim clings onto a rope while being evacuated in New Bataan town in Compostela Valley in southern Philippines. Photo: REUTERS/Erik De CastroA typhoon victim clings onto a rope while being evacuated in New Bataan town in Compostela Valley in southern Philippines. Photo: REUTERS/Erik De Castro

Emergency relief packages on their way to crisis areas

More than 400 people have died and nearly 400 remain missing after Typhoon Bopha swept by the Philippines earlier this week with winds of up to 250 km/h. Almost 50,000 are still living in evacuation centres; five million in total have been affected by the storm.

A rescuer holds a one-year-old child who survived flooding with his pregnant mother while being evacuated in New Bataan town, Philippines. Photo: REUTERS/Erik De Castro

A rescuer holds a one-year-old child who survived flooding with his pregnant mother while being evacuated in New Bataan town, Philippines. Photo: REUTERS/Erik De Castro

The Philippine Association of the Order of Malta, a partner of Malteser International on the ground, is responding to the crisis by delivering 1,200 food packages and household kits to families in three of the most affected areas – Dumaguete City, Cagayan de Oro and Compostela Valley.

The relief items are already in stock and can be sent immediately to the disaster regions. 500 packages containing rice, noodles and canned food as well as 700 kits containing blankets, mosquito nets, soap and buckets will be given to the families who are most in need.

In addition to emergency relief items, the affected population is in dire need of construction materials to rebuild or repair the destroyed homes. The Philippine Association is planning to provide the most affected families with vouchers which can be exchanged for construction materials, food and household items in the region’s supermarkets and hardware stores.