Native Missions Help Rebuild After Christmas Flood Disaster Kills Over 1200

January 6, 2012

CAGAYAN DE ORO, Mindanao, Philippines – Indigenous missionaries are rushing aid to help rebuild broken lives, homes and churches after Typhoon Washi killed over 1200 during the Christmas holidays. The death toll is still climbing. On Thursday, 25 more died in a mudslide and many are still missing. Over 300,000 were left homeless. Christian Aid Mission of Charlottesville, Virginia is sending emergency aid.

One missionary pastor said, “The situation is overwhelming . . . so many deaths and thousands still missing. Some are from our own church. We have buried most of the dead and are moving on to do what we can do to help survivors. From among ourselves we raised some food, clothing and other needs. Now we are asking Christian Aid to tell our brethren overseas of our need for prayers and whatever support they can share. Temporary shelters are needed and much help in rebuilding.

The flash floods came in the middle of the night, catching many people unaware. As a result, many families lost children, who panicked and were swept away in the early hours. Most of the city of Cagayan de Oro is still without electricity.

“Thousands of people are homeless, and the survivors are mourning for their lost loved ones and suffering for lack of essentials like water and power.”

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