Plan aids typhoon victims in the Philippines
Four days after super typhoon Megi hit provinces of Northern Philippines, authorities say damage may reach up to $200 million. To date, 27 fatalities have been recorded, and over 1.3 million people - 283,000 families - have been affected.
Described as the strongest typhoon to have hit the country in 4 years, Megi struck at least 23 provinces, with Cagayan and Isabela sustaining the most damage. More than 187,000 houses were either totally destroyed or partially damaged, and some 6,000 schools have been closed to nearly 1.7 million students.
Crops, irrigation facilities, roadways, and telecommunication lines were also badly affected.
In Isabela, former Plan towns Ilagan and Tumaulini (Plan moved out of the area in 2007) were among those most badly hit by the storm. Plan teams traveled to Isabela to determine the assistance required, and are now coordinating with various governmental and non-governmental organizations to aid affected populations.
With the local government responding to food and water needs of the affected population, Plan is focusing current efforts on the following:
- Tarps to cover the classrooms with roofs totally or partially blown away;
- Reconstruction and repairs in damaged classrooms and schools;
- School packs for children to replace lost school supplies;
- Teachers’ packs for public school teachers;
- Psychosocial support for children; and
- Programs to raise awareness on disaster risk reduction, survival techniques, and emergency preparedness.
To support children and families affected by disasters like typhoon Megi in the Philippines, please donate to Plan’s Disaster Relief and Recovery programs.
Information for sponsors
At this time, there is no information available about how many former sponsored children were affected by the typhoon. We will contact sponsors directly if we receive any news about individual sponsored children.
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