UMCOR Provides Support and Assistance Following Philippine TyphoonNEW YORK, June 26, 2008—Typhoon Fengshen battered the central Philippines June 22, capsizing a ferry and taking the lives of approximately 1,300 people, including those who perished in the ferry accident. More than 2.4 million people were affected by this storm.
Sam Dixon, the United Methodist Committee on Relief’s top executive has been in contact with Bishop Benjamin A. Justo of the Baguio Episcopal Area of the Philippines to express concern for the tragedy and to offer support.
“Thank you for your kind thoughts and prayers for us,” writes Bishop Justo in an email to Dixon about the situation in the Philippines. He listed 16 United Methodist churches that were damaged or destroyed in the typhoon.
“UMCOR is working with the Philippine Central Conference to ensure they have what they need to respond to this disaster,” said Dixon. An emergency grant of $10,000 has been released to the Baguio Episcopal Area for their response to those impacted by the cyclone.
Communication and travel in the most adversely affected areas has delayed the process of assessing the needs of the people and the level of destruction to homes and buildings. Additional funds will be released as these needs are determined.