The strongest typhoon of 2020, named Goni (locally named Rolly) has affected more than 2 million Filipinos after making landfall in the Philippines on Sunday. The storm was the equivalent of a Category 5 hurricane. Roughly 40,000 children and youth receive support from Children International in the Philippines.
While Typhoon Goni weakened over land and only struck the outskirts of the nation’s capital, Manila, it caused major flooding elsewhere, including the region of Bicol, where Children International has more than 22,000 child beneficiaries.
Children International staff in Manila report that flooding affected one of our community centers there. In Bicol, staff report damage to two community centers. Cleanup operations are already underway in all affected centers.
Philippines government officials report overflowing rivers ruined numerous dikes across the island nation and at least 300 houses have been damaged or destroyed in the Bicol area. Widespread power outages and impassable roads are hampering communications and damage assessments.
Although we are relieved that we have no indication of serious injuries or deaths among our sponsorship community, our hearts go out to those dealing with the hardships caused by this storm – a disaster compounded by the difficulties of a global pandemic.
Thank you for your concern and your ongoing support. Please check back here for any further updates.