As details of the immediate and ongoing impact of the flooding emerge from UnitingWorld's partner, the United Church of Christ in the Philippines (UCCP), the Relief and Development unit of UnitingWorld has launched an emergency relief appeal.
It is reported that almost 380,000 people have sought shelter in schools, churches and other evacuation centres. Furthermore the homes of nearly 1.9 million people in Manila and surrounding areas are thought to have been flooded as Typhoon Ketsana struch over the weekend.
Disease and sanitation are now major concerns for the Philippines as the putrid flood water recedes.
To address the immediate need for food, medicine, sanitation, clothing and bedding and to contribute to the rebuilding effort, UnitingWorld plans to raise $30,000 through this appeal.
UnitingWorld National Director, Rev. Dr. Kerry Enright says, "Our partner, the UCCP, has begun to assess the needs of those affected and while communication is difficult, we are in discussions about the most effective way to support the work of the UCCP as they respond to this disaster and its aftermath."
"As the flood water recedes we will see an influx of waterborne diseases. As part of this appeal, UnitingWorld will see to address the immediate challenges of the emergency and we will also be looking at ways we can support a long-term response," said Rev. Dr. Enright.
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