Disease and starvation add threat to Philippines storm survivors

By October 8, 2009

Philippines (MNN) — Landslides
added misery to the typhoon wreckage in the Philippines. The United Nations wants $74 million USD to
help survivors.   

When Typhoon Ketsana
struck, over four million people were affected,
including 340,000 displaced, according to the National Disaster Coordinating

Toribio with
Food For The Hungry says not only is there a crisis now, "it also devastated our agriculture.
The province that was hit by the second typhoon is our rice granary. It's
really bad because there will be a rice shortage."

The staff is working with
Emergency Response Unit to meet immediate needs. They are purchasing and distributing food and
other emergency supplies.   Partner churches have also been mobilized
to remove debris, fix broken houses and care for those who are injured.

However, there is so much more yet to do. They need help to feed and shelter hundreds
of people more — both in the short-term and the long-term.

"Most of the people are still needing
food and other non-food items." But they have to work fast. "Some
areas are still flooded up to the waist-level. Many people could not really work, and the spread of disease is

The government issued a warning
Wednesday of the probability of epidemics among the hundreds of thousands of
people who are crammed into makeshift evacuation centers. In the hurriedly thrown-together camps,
conditions are ripe for the outbreak of H1N1 flu, diarrhea and the bacterial
disease leptospirosis.

FH has the infrastructure to
distribute, monitor and re-cycle recovery loans to the most vulnerable and
needy people while bolstering well-trained churches who are already

Keep praying. Hearts are opening to the Gospel. "Some
of the churches, after the typhoon, were filled with people. It becomes an opportunity for us to really
share the love of God." If you can help, click here.

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