An Appeal for Help for Victims of Typhoons Urduja and Vinta


 

“Our brothers and sisters in areas affected by Typhoon Urduja and now, Typhoon Vinta  especially in Eastern Visayas are in great need of assistance, foremost of which is food and water. They also expressed great need for help in recovering their lost crops and livelihood which was destroyed by Urduja. It is in this regard that Samahang Operasyong Sagip once again appeals for help in regard this recent disaster emergency brought about by the typhoons. SOS is calling for volunteers to assist us in the various activities especially in generating resources to help in the humanitarian emergency”.

 

December 22, 2017

 

Dear friends,

Typhoon Urduja (international codename: Kai-Tak) entered the Philippine Area of Responsibility as a Low Pressure Area and developed into a tropical depression on December 12, 2017. It started having maximum sustained winds of up to 55kph near the center and gustiness of up to 65 kph. On December 16,  2017, the slow-moving Typhoon Urduja intensified and developed to a Tropical Storm, and made land fall over San Policarpio, Eastern Samar. Several provinces in Central Philippines were affected by heavy rains and strong winds brought by the storm. On December 17, Kai-tak remained almost stationary over the Northern portion of Samar province.

Typhoon Urduja unleashed life-threatening flooding, rain and mudslides as it crossed the country. Pouring down a catastrophic amount of rainfall, Typhoon Urduja, affected a total of 244,153 families or 1,015,254 persons in 1,674 barangays in Regions V, VI, VII, VIII, MIMAROPA and CARAGA (source: Disaster Response Operations, Monitoring and Information Center or DROMIC of the Department of Social Work and Development).

DSWD’s DROMIC also reported that the strong typhoon forced a total of 12,682 families or 57,691 persons from the affected regions to seek refuge inside 381 evacuation centers; 40 were dead from the heavy rains, floods and landslides induced by the typhoon; and, 48 houses were totally damaged and 101 were partially damaged in Regions VIII and CARAGA.

The National Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Council (NDRRMC) initially placed at P1-Billion in the damage caused by Typhoon Urduja with P550-Million cost of damages on infrastructure, and P475-Million damage in agriculture particularly on corn, rice and other high-value crops and livestock in the provinces of Masbate, Sorsogon, Camarines Sur, Cebu, Leyte, Biliran, Southern Leyte, Samar, Eastern Samar and Northern Samar.

 

Eastern Visayas severely battered: Reminisce horror of Typhoon Yolanda

Eastern Visayas (Region VIII) was the most severely hit by Typhoon Urduja.  The strong typhoon battered 1,416 barangays affecting 230, 849 families or 957,184 persons. The continuous heavy downpour brought about by Typhoon Urduja caused widespread flooding, flashfloods and landslides in Samar, Leyte and Biliran provinces.

Population affected by Typhoon Urduja in Eastern Visayas especially in Tacloban and Biliran cannot help but remember the horror they suffered from super typhoon Yolanda.  In Tacloban City, Typhoon Urduja brought flashfloods as high as 1.5 meters and strong winds which left the city without electricity.  A large 82% percent of Tacloban City was flooded due to the four-day rains poured by the strong Typhoon.  In Biliran province, landslides triggered by Typhoon Urduja buried houses and killed people in Barangay Lucson, in the town of Naval and Barangay Salangi in Almeria town.

Flood caused by Typhoon Urduja submerged houses and inundated farmlands in 73 barangays in the regions. Planted root crops, vegetables and fruit-bearing trees were swept away by the floodwater.

Partner network in Eastern Visayas reported that there are still many communities in the province of Leyte, Samar, Eastern and Northern Samar were flooded which were not reported by concerned disaster management government agencies. Many barangays in the town of Pinabacdao and Calbiga were also flooded; crops were damaged, roofs of houses were blown away while household things were swept away.

The Municipal Council of Calbiga reported a total of 719 families in the town’s seven barangays were affected.  It also reported that 50-80% of root crops, vegetable plants and fruit trees were destroyed by Urduja’s strong winds and heavy rains.  Health Empowerment and Action in Leyte-Samar (HEALS), SOS’s network partner in Eastern Visayas reported that barangay Nabong,  Magdawat and Pelaon in Pinabacdao town were also submerged in flood water. A total of 419 families were affected.

Our brothers and sisters in areas affected by Typhoon Urduja and now, Typhoon Vinta  especially in Eastern Visayas are in great need of assistance foremost of which is food and water. They also expressed great need for help in recovering their lost crops and livelihood which was destroyed by Urduja need our help. It is in this regard that Samahang Operasyong Sagip once again appeals for help in regard this recent disaster emergency brought about by Typhoon Urduja. SOS is calling for volunteers to assist us in the various activities especially in generating resources to help in the humanitarian emergency.

SOS would appreciate accepting donations in cash and in kind such as food, clothing, beddings and medicines for our relief efforts in the affected communities. However, to defray cost and other logistical needs in shipping relief goods, cash donations would be more appreciated.

In the spirit of Christmas and with the coming New Year, we hope you can share your blessings with our disaster stricken brothers and sisters affected by Typhoon Urduja.

 

For cash donations, you may deposit your donations at this bank account:

 

SAMAHANG OPERASYONG SAGIP, Inc.
Metrobank
Savings Account #  636-3-63608747-6

Swift Code: MBTCPHMM

Examiner-Quezon Avenue Branch
Quezon City, Philippines

 

For more information, please get in touch with Ms. Emy Ilag at the above address or at mobile number 09252504125.

 

Sincerely,

Eleanor A. Jara, MD                                                                 Rosalinda Crescini-Tablang

President                                                                                     Program Director


About SOS Philippines

The Samahang Operasyong Sagip (S.O.S) is a network of volunteer health workers, professionals, and students, aiming to render assistance to disaster victims through relief and medical missions.

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