During the recent deployment to aid victims of the Chiapas Earthquake in Mexico Disaster Aid members Helene Bo Morse and Peter Newton visited the Town of Nueva Palestina.
The town had been identified by our hosts the Rotary Club of Gutierrez as needing assistance to get safe water.
The town has a population of 8691 persons, including 4990 children living in 1952 dwellings.
Almost all of the local population is indigenous with 34% of the population speaks one of the indigenous languages, but not Spanish.
A secure site was identified at the local Church Capilla Santa Maria Guadalupe by our interpreter Rocio Cruz Garcia
The local parish priest Luis Eduardo Beltran was happy to give us permmission to install the skyhydrant and agree to access for the townspeople can access the water for their personal use.
A nominal charge was agreed with local residents to employ a person to ensure regular maintenance.
Our Philippines partner, Balay Mindanaw has provided us with a further update dated December 26, 2017
Based on their initial assessment, the areas hit hardest by Tropical Storm Tembin (Vinta) are
Current relief activities are
Urgent needs are:
Balay Mindanaw is immediately
A report received on Christmas Day from Balay Mindanaw, our Philippines partner.
Typhoon Tembin (locally called Vinta) made landfall in Davao and Caraga Provinces.
Cagayan de Oro and the rest of Northern Mindanao has suffered massive flooding submerging most parts of the city.
River water level rose to a maximum of 9.49 meters, over and above the critical level of only 5.5 meters causing flows over protective dykes.
The Office of the Cagayan de Oro City has reported over 1,602 families totalling 5,123 individuals affected.
They are presently staying in 18 Evacuation Centers in 13 barangays.
In the entire Province of Misamis Oriental, the PDRRMC reported around 3,735 families or 14,041 individuals affected, most of them with ravaged houses, and now housed in 27 evacuation centers.
Other updates are:
Drinking water is a priority need
Just days after mudslides caused by tropical storm Kai-Tak left dozen of people dead in central Philippines a new storm, Tembin, is battering the Mindanao Region
The storm hit, with sustained winds of 100 km/h and gusts up to 150 km/h.
More than 200mm of rain on top of rivers filled with flows from the Kai-Tak storm has caused major flooding with people being swept out to sea.
Residents crossing a the river, on rafts after the bridge was destroyed in Salvador town Photo by Jeoffrey Maitem
Local authories believe over 200 have died with the toll expected to rise further.
Also over 75,000 people have been estimated to have been displaced from their homes.
Disaster Aid's Philippines partner, Balay Mindanaw have activated their Disaster Resiliancy and Emergency Assistance Mission (DREAM) teams to help the local population.
The Dream team's resources include pre-placed equipment, such as Disaster Aid Australia supplied SkyHydrants which can produce safe drinking water without the need for power of chemicals.