Typhoon Mangkhut (or known as Ompong locally) made landfall on the northern island of Phillipines in the early morning of 15th September. Strong winds up to 255 kilometres per hour hit Luzon, flash flooding and landslides caused extensive damage to homes and infrastructure. As of 19th September, it is reported that at least 80 were killed and dozens are still missing, mostly due to landslides. Nearly 900,000 people are affected, and over 230,000 people are displaced and have sought temporary shelter.
Though the casualty caused by the storm have been reduced due to pre-emptive evacuations before the typhoon, severe losses of crops and asset were still inevitable. Integral Alliance(IA) members have arrived the affected area shortly after the typhoon to conduct need assessment. After Mission Aviation Fellowship (MAF), who closely works with IA members, conducted an aerial survey in part of the affected area, they shared that corn fields and rice fields were widely destroyed or damaged. The farming communities are likely to experience food insecurity and loss of livelihood in the long term.
*Integral Alliance is a global alliance of 23 Christian relief and development agencies, working together to present a more effective response to poverty worldwide. CEDAR Fund is one of the member agencies.
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