Philippines typhoon hits Plan areas
Typhoon Frank (international code name Fengshen) hit the Philippines over the weekend leaving at least 500 people dead and affecting over 4 million.
Plan communities avoided the worst of the storm but still suffered significant damage to crops, livestock and infrastructure (mostly schools and health centers).
In addition to providing immediate assistance to the worst-hit of our program areas, Masbate, Plan is also now mobilizing resources to provide assistance to the families of Iloilo — a province in the Panay Islands that was once a Plan program area.
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Overall situationAccording to the National Disaster Coordinating Council, Office of Civil Defense and the Philippine Red Cross, at least 500 people are estimated to have died, mostly by drowning, and 260 are still missing. Over 4 million people have been affected by the typhoon — at least 280,000 families are still at evacuation centers because of landslides and flooding from heavy rains.
In Plan Program Units:
While assessments are still ongoing, initial information from Plan Philippines staff are that while our areas reported damages to crops, livestock and infrastructure, most of our program areas did not sustain as severe damage as did other provinces. Infrastructure damages are mostly in schools and health centers, with roofs blown off by strong winds. Some houses made of light materials were either partially or totally damaged. A few of the families that evacuated have now returned to their homes.
Assessments are underway and we will keep you updated. Please continue to visit this website for more information as it becomes available.
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