ADRA Philippines first to respond in severely damaged towns after typhoon Koppu; 1000 emergency shelter kits distributed
The Adventist Development and Relief Agency in the Philippines continues its emergency response to those in the (north Luzon region) affected by typhoon Koppu and its resulting heavy rains and landslides. As of October 22, one thousand emergency shelter kits were distributed to families reported to have totally damaged houses due to typhoon Koppu after it made landfall in the Aurora province on October 18. Koppu packed maximum sustained winds of 175 kph and made landfall over Casiguran, first among the many towns hit. The typhoon remained almost stationary for four hours according to the Philippine Atmospheric Geophysical and Astronomical Services Administration (PAGASA).
Based on a rapid assessment, over 4,000 families are reported to have partial to totally damaged houses therefore making housing the greatest need. ADRA is focusing on shelter kits for the more severely affected in the isolated towns of Dinalungan and Casiguran while exploring further needs. The shelter kits contain a tarp, a bucket and carpentry tools. This will ease overcrowding for survivors who have been staying in the remaining homes of relatives and friends.
The Adventist Development and Relief Agency (ADRA) is a global humanitarian Non-government Organization present in more than 130 countries and operational in the Philippines for more than 30 years. Our work of compassion is translated into disaster responses to alleviate immediate suffering and long term developemtn initiatives addressing the root causes of poverty and social injustice.
For further information visit ADRA.ph or the ADRA Philippines Facebook page.
[Arjay Arellano, ADRA-Philippines, and Gay Deles, SSD]
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