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Saturday, March 25, 2017
Philippines typhoon hits poor hardest
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¬†The Catholic aid agency, CAFOD, has pledged £50,000 to its partner in the Philippines following the devastating mudslides caused by Typhoon Durian at the weekend. At least 500 people died and around 600 are still missing. CAFOD's partner, the National Secretariat for Social Action-Justice and Peace (NASSA), is already working in the affected area providing food, mainly rice, to some of the 1 million people affected by the Typhoon. With the help of funding from CAFOD, NASSA will continue to distribute food as well as medicines, blankets, mosquito nets, sleeping bags, materials to build temporary shelters, and kitchen utensils for survivors. The initial relief phase will last for one month but NASSA will continue working in the area to support a full recovery. Clodagh Byrne, CAFOD's Programme Support Officer for the Philippines and Cambodia, said: "NASSA is responding to immediate needs by providing food and other essential equipment. They will continue to assess the situation to ensure aid is targeted to those most in need." Typhoon Durian unleashed mudslides which engulfed entire villages. Torrential rains and winds reaching 265 km/h, caused ash and boulders from the Mayon volcano on Luzon island to swamp villages around its base.
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