Sometimes disasters are small and localized to a family or community (fire or drought) and sometimes they are so widespread recovery seems impossible.
In October and November of 2013 the Philippines was hit by two large scale natural disasters.
On the morning of October 15, 2013, a deadly magnitude 7.2 earthquake struck the Central Visayas islands in the Philippines. The quake has been described as the strongest to strike the Philippines in more than two decades. It’s also been described as one of the worst emergencies and disasters to occur recently, leaving 195 people dead, 651 injured and 12 missing.
Less than a month later, November 8, 2013, Typhoon Haiyan made landfall in the Philippines, creating massive destruction, landslides and flooding. According to national authorities, more than 16 million people were affected. In addition, 4.1 million people were displaced and 1.2 million homes have been damaged or destroyed. Typhoon Haiyan, known as Typhoon Yolanda in the Philippines was one of the strongest tropical cyclones ever recorded.
As of April 17, 2014 the National Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Council (NDRRMC) confirmed 6,300 fatalities across the country, 5,877 of those taking place in the Eastern Visayas. The actual death toll remains unclear, being claimed to
be at least 10,000 by the victims from Tacloban City, Leyte alone.
How We Have Been Helping
To date, Montana On A Mission, has participated in building over 100 transitional homes. Between Montana on a Mission and IDEA with have built more homes than any other relief organization working in earthquake affected areas. In addition, we have traveled to the area most affected by the Typhoon Yolanda and have provided some assistance to church connections there.
Recovery will be years in the making and we will continue to look for ways to help!