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Typhoon Haikui affects CFCA families

August 14, 2012

MANILA, Philippines – CFCA staffers are assessing the damage and checking on sponsored friends and families after Typhoon Haikui and monsoon rains caused extreme flooding in the capital of Manila and surrounding areas.

Typhoon Haikui in the Philippines
One of the photos taken by CFCA staff members in the Philippines of
the flooding after Typhoon Haikui and monsoon rains.

Approximately 6,400 sponsored friends and their families in the Manila, Quezon and Antipolo projects have been affected by the flooding, although there have been no reports of serious injuries or deaths among the CFCA community.

"Our sponsored friends and their families have been oriented on disaster preparedness and are informed on what to do if there are calamities such as this," said Mavic Ihap, Quezon project coordinator. "The spirit of mutual support is very much alive among the staff and the families in times of crisis and calamities."

Typhoon Haikui coincided with the seasonal monsoon rains in the Philippines, exacerbating their effect and causing an accumulated rainfall of more than 2 feet (687 mm) over a 48-hour period from Aug. 6 to 7, according to GMA News, a Filipino news website.

The report said the overall effect of this year's rains may rival the damage caused by the devastating Typhoon Ondoy in 2009.

At one point floodwaters spread over approximately 80 percent of Manila, according to news reports. In some areas, the waters reached as high as 9.8 feet (3 meters).

Ihap said transportation has been difficult for CFCA staffers because of the rainfall.

"The communities are still immersed in the 4-foot flood of water, and roads are not passable to light vehicles but only rubber boats," Ihap said. "Our means of communication is through text messages to receive updates on the status of our sponsored friends and their families. ... We are just thankful that they are all safe and no casualties have been reported."

Malou Navio, coordinator of CFCA's project in Antipolo, said staff members and fathers of sponsored children have worked to provide food, clothing and other emergency supplies to affected families in the days after the flooding.

CFCA serves more than 40,000 children, youth and elderly in the Philippines. Please keep the people affected by the flooding in your prayers.

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