(Jan. 6, 2016) We received a new update from our field office in the Bicol region of the Philippines. It confirmed that damage from Typhoon Nock-ten (Nina) was located primarily in an area north of where our sponsored families live. That means our kids were spared the brunt of the storm’s impact. We also have confirmed that the storm did not cause any serious or life-threatening injuries to our kids and their families; all are safe. The storm did damage many homes of CI families, although most already are working to rebuild, and others have constructed make-shift shelters. A few families have been temporarily displaced and are staying with nearby relatives.
While many are still without electricity, all have received immediate disaster relief from local entities to meet their critical needs of shelter, food and water.
CI kids and their families greatly appreciate your supportive thoughts during this difficult time.RELATED UPDATES
(Dec. 29, 2016) Staff in the Philippines are still addressing the aftermath of Typhoon Nock-ten (Nina). Some areas are expected to be without power until next week, and internet service was disrupted in some of our centers, slowing updates we're getting from the field.
We know that a few families experienced damage to their homes, but most have already been repaired. We have not received any reports of injuries, and CI staff will continue to check in with sponsored families as the communities prepare for the New Year holiday.
We'll keep you posted when we have additional information, and thank you for keeping the families you support in the Philippines in your thoughts.
(Dec. 27, 2016) As it passes over the Philippines, Nock-ten (Nina) has weakened into a severe tropical storm. Although power is still down in some parts of the country, evacuees have been given the OK to return to their homes.
The storm caused minimal damage to two CI community centers on the Tabaco side of the Bicol region. One property experienced partial roof and water damage and is without internet access. Another was partially flooded and experienced broken windows and a damaged ceiling.
All CI offices have reopened, however, and are working to get in touch with sponsored families. We will keep you posted as soon as we have more updates.
Please continue to keep our sponsored children and families in your thoughts.
(Dec. 26, 2016) After hitting the central Philippines on Sunday, Typhoon Nock-ten (Nina) is reported to be heading out to sea today. The powerful typhoon forced evacuations, cut off power to millions and impacted transportation during Christmas.
We have heard from our agency directors in metro Manila (including Quezon City), and are pleased to report our work there is expected to resume as normal tomorrow.
We have not yet heard from our Bicol agency, but will keep you posted as soon as we have an update.
Please continue to keep our sponsored children and families in your thoughts. Find out more about our work in the Philippines.
(Dec. 23, 2016) Typhoon Nock-ten (Nina) is expected to make landfall on Christmas Day in the Philippines. It is likely to affect the Bicol region in the north. We have secured our CI community centers and prepared our staff in the event of an emergency situation. We will be sure to keep you updated with any developing news.
Please keep our sponsored kids and families in your thoughts during this holiday season, especially the safety of those in the Philippines who are facing this difficult storm. Learn more about our work in the Philippines.