Other Mission News
October 3rd, 2019
In the remote northern town of Itogon, Luzon Province, Philippines, locals called Typhoon Mangkhut by its local name “Ompong.” Ironically, “Ompong” means toothless in Indonesian and Mangkhut was anything but that! In Itogon alone, 40 bodies were recovered from a miners’ bunkhouse after the monster storm triggered a landslide that tore down the mountainside. Authorities estimate that the number of dead will rise to triple digits as recovery efforts move forward.
Mangkhut struck the Philippines as a Category 5 storm on Saturday, September 15, but while the storm barreled its way onward toward China, the disaster in the Philippines continued to evolve and leaves in its wake long-term consequences. The northern provinces are the agricultural heartlands of the country. Even before Mangkhut, continuous monsoon rains had saturated the fields leaving nowhere for the water to go. With the coming of the typhoon, crops, just weeks away from being harvested, were lost, endangering the lives of thousands. Authorities estimate that losses will top $53 million.
FAIR will respond to this disaster with your support. Through FAIR’s partner organization, Operation Mobilization (OM), we will be able to provide resources to help the people affected by Mangkhut as they rebuild their lives. OM has a team on the ground assessing the situation and the damage and working on the specifics as to how we can help. We will keep you updated as to the details.
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Thank you for prayerfully consider how the Lord would have you respond to this situation.