On Christmas Day Super Typhoon Nockten (known locally as Nina) made landfall in northeastern Philippines bringing winds of 185 kilometres per hour, gusting up to 255 kilometres per hour and intense rainfall. The typhoon made 8 landfalls, affecting at least 384 villages in 4 regions of Bicol. High winds and flooding have caused extensive damage, displacing many people. There are four confirmed deaths at this time but communication systems have been affected and access to the region is difficult. We expect to hear more about the impact of Typhoon Nockten in the coming days and fear a rising death toll.
The United Church of Canada is in communication with our Mission & Service partners on the ground to learn more about how they are affected and how the United Church might best respond. United Church of Christ in the Philippines staff have been on the ground in Bicol, one of the most affected areas, assessing needs. Mission & Service partner National Council of Churches in the Philippines is working with ACT Alliance to provide immediate relief to affected areas.
Please pray for those affected at this time of great need.
The United Church of Canada will accept donations to help those affected by this crisis. Your donations made through the United Church will be directed to the global ACT Alliance of church-based relief organisations, and to long standing partners in the region.
Online via our secure donation page.
Phone: 416-231-5931 or toll-free 1-800-268-3781 ext. 2738 and use your Visa or MasterCard.
Send a cheque, money order, or Visa or MasterCard information with donation amount to:
Note: As part of the United Church's Emergency Response Fund, 100% of your donation goes directly to emergency relief with 85% of your donation responding to this designated emergency and 15% responding to future emergencies that do not receive intense media coverage. Donations to Mission & Service enable the United Church to cover all of the costs of emergency response work without deducting any fees from your donation.
The United Church works with long-standing local partners who have well-established and trusted distribution networks on the ground, including in remote communities. These partners work diligently to ensure the donations they administer reach the most vulnerable communities in the greatest need as quickly as possible. Following the 2010 earthquake the United Church provided more than $4 million dollars in assistance to Haiti.
Members of ACT Alliance are already in place in the Philippines, assisting those affected by the Typhoon. The United Church’s direct partners involved in emergency response are The United Church of Christ in the Philippines and the National Council of Churches in the Philippines. The National Council of Churches in the Philippines is working with ACT Alliance and its Rapid Response Fund to provide immediate aid.
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