Typhoon Bopha hits the Philippines
alay Mindanaw reported over last weekend that they saw, “entire communities totally wiped out in the provinces of Agusan del Sur, Surigao del Sur and Davao Oriental. We met and saw people with blank expressions on their faces and of desperation and hopelessness. Hectares of coconuts, bananas, and other trees fallen. Powerlines cut off. No communication lines. The 42 barangays (villages) in the three hardest hit municipalities of Boston, Cateel and Baganga have been practically flattened to the ground, with barely any structure left standing. As of this afternoon, 261 have died, with 100s injured.
Initially, 100 family survival boxes and a similar number of life boxes will be deployed in the area devastated by Typhoon Bopha (Pablo), with the objective to set up two communities. The first assessment will also determine needs for school, water and emergency lighting.