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UPDATE: Philippines Typhoon Disaster Relief

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By Eddie Viray

Residents of flooded farming villages in the Philippines were trapped on their rooftops on Monday, and animals floated down fast-rising rivers, as a result of the devastation caused by Typhoon Lando (international name: Koppu).

Head-level floods had also forced people to evacuate from their homes and put up tents along the roads to serve as temporary shelters because there were no designated evacuation centers. The churches which supposedly serve as the evacuation centers, for our members and beneficiaries of the program, were also submerged to neck-high floodwaters. One day following the typhoon, Rev. Eduardo Viray, the national leader of the Church of God in the Philippines, together with the staff of Grace Family Helper Project, visited the areas and witnessed the churches and houses in Calaba and San Antonio still in knee-high flood waters. “The waters arrived suddenly. We did not expect it at all,” the pastor in those areas said. Continue reading

Typhoon Koppu Lashes the Philippines

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Typhoon Koppu (Lando) made landfall in the Philippines over the weekend, slowly crossing the main island of Luzon, dumping as much as three feet of rain on some portions of the island. Now a tropical storm, the system is still affecting the northern portion of the island, where rain continues to fall. The rain has already triggered massive flooding and mudslides in localities across the island. As of Tuesday morning, more than 65,000 people have been displaced by the storm. Continue reading

Philippines Church of God Leader Asks for Your Help

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Eddie Viray, the national leader of the Church of God in the Philippines, recently updated Church of God Ministries on the devastation that Typhoon Haiyan left in its wake. Considered to be one of the worst storms to ever wreak havoc on the planet, Haiyan has only compounded problems caused by typhoons and an earthquake earlier this year. Cleanup is now underway, but nearly a million residents are displaced and in desperate need of clean water, food, and shelter. Continue reading

UPDATE: Church of God Responds to Philippines Typhoon Disaster

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The death toll from Typhoon Haiyan is staggering. The number of families displaced is overwhelming. Church of God Disaster Relief is partnering with World Relief and the Wesleyan Church for an immediate response, including distribution of food and water, and possible staging of work camps. Continue reading