ACT Alliance members are already providing food, blankets, first aid kits, cooking utensils, shovels for cleaning up and cash assistance in Mindanao and the Visayas. Help is needed now as families face the difficult job of cleaning up in the wake of widespread devastation. Communities will need assistance in the longer term to rebuild their lives and livelihoods.
Typhoon Bopha (known locally as Pablo) made landfall on December 4 and stayed until December 10. Power was lost, trees toppled, bridges washed away, tens of thousands of homes flooded or destroyed, many water systems damaged or lost, and crops destroyed. The Philippines government reports that 5.4 million people have been affected and more than 1.14 million are in need of food assistance. 302,586 people are displaced, many staying with family members and others staying in emergency shelters. The heavy rains and strong winds have left 647 people dead and another 780 missing.