Typhoon Nesat strikes Philippines
Updated: September 30, 2011
CFCA staff members in the Philippines are assessing the needs of sponsored friends and their families after Typhoon Nesat, locally known as Pedring, struck the country Sept. 27.
The CFCA project in Antipolo reported that many areas in Manila, the capital city, are flooded, including the U.S. Embassy.
"Some homes of families in the CFCA program upland, and the banana trees families grow, were damaged," Antipolo Coordinator Malou Navio said. "Some lowland communities with families we serve are also affected by floods. Floodwater was knee-high until recently."
The project said several families in the CFCA program in affected areas evacuated to higher ground.
The CFCA project in Quezon City reported evacuations of sponsored friends, their families and CFCA staff members to area offices and shelters. Heavy rains and strong winds cut off electricity and water.
"We are now assessing the needs of our sponsored friends and their families to know how many are affected," Mavic Ihap, Quezon coordinator, said.
Staff members in Manila reported that 53 sponsored friends and their families were evacuated to designated government shelters during the typhoon and have since returned home. No casualties were reported, and their household items were in good condition after the flood.
"As members of CFCA parent groups, they helped each other cleaning their houses and surroundings and trying to return to life as usual," said Jayson Oabel, CFCA staff member in Manila.
CFCA serves more than 40,000 children, youth and aging members in the Philippines through five projects: Antipolo, Manila, Quezon, Legazpi and Zamboanga.
The Legazpi and Zamboanga projects experienced heavy rains but did not report any major damage.
Please keep the people of the Philippines in your prayers.