ene 03 2018
Over an eight-day span, from December 16-23, two tropical storms Kai-Tak (also known as Urduja) and Tembin (also known as Vinta) battered the Philippines and triggered deadly flooding and landslides in the central and northern parts of the country. Adventists in the region, and other parts of the Philippines, are assessing needs and responding with food, supplies and encouragement.
Although it never reached typhoon levels, tropical storm Kai-Tak (locally known as Urduja) devastated the central region of the Philippines. The slow-moving storm made landfall six times and dumped heavy amounts of rain over an extended period. The resulting floods and landslides damaged roads and bridges. 40 people have been reported dead and others are still missing. Power systems have been extensively damaged with local government officials citing the great need for assistance as food and supplies dwindle.
1.7 million people in more than 1,700 barangays (towns/villages) have been affected by the heavy rains and flooding. Another concern is it may take longer for residents to recover as parts of the region have not yet fully recovered from 2013’s Typhoon Haiyan. Typhoon Haiyan was a super-typhoon that leveled towns and left almost 7,350 people dead with its category 5 strength.
As Kai-Tak left the region, Tembin was building strength and swept into the southern Philippines on December 22. Tembin caused flash flooding and landslides which affected almost 270,000 people and caused more than 200 deaths. The overall extent of the damage cannot yet be fully assessed as residents in both areas are first dealing with immediate needs such as loss of or damage to their homes and livelihoods. As of December 29, the estimated joint damage in the agricultural sector alone has reached the equivalent of more than 24.8 million dollars.