August 18, 2023

ADRA Steps Up After Volcanic Activity and Typhoon in the Philippines

Thousands of families and individuals from hundreds of villages have been affected.

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The Adventist Development and Relief Agency in the Philippines is assisting displaced families affected by ongoing volcanic activity and Typhoon Egay. [Photo: ADRA Philippines]

The Adventist Development and Relief Agency (ADRA) has stepped up to help the Philippines in the wake of the Mayon volcanic activity. Since June 19, Mayon Volcano has been at Alert Level 3, which indicates it is now experiencing a high level of unrest due to the presence of magma at the crater, and a dangerous eruption is possible in the next days or possibly weeks. So far, it has caused seven volcanic earthquakes and 391 rockfalls, government officials reported.

The ongoing eruption of Mayon Volcano presents challenges for people in the surrounding areas, including ashfall threats, livelihood disruptions, and family displacement. At least 10,200 people from 26 barangays (villages) have been affected.

“ADRA is responding by providing cash assistance to 950 families in evacuation centers in Malilipot and Santo Domingo, Albay,” Prabhook Bandaratilleke, ADRA Philippines country director, said. “The agency also distributed emergency relief supplies, such as food, water, shelter materials, and hygiene kits, to those affected by the Mayon volcanic activities. ADRA’s efforts aim to deliver both immediate relief and long-term support to those impacted by the disaster. The agency collaborates with local authorities, humanitarian organizations, and Adventist Church volunteers regularly, prioritizing the recovery and rehabilitation needs of the affected communities and ensuring they receive the necessary care and assistance.”

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ADRA teams are collaborating closely with local authorities, partner organizations, and community leaders. [Photo: ADRA Philippines]

ADRA is also providing aid to families impacted by Typhoon Egay, which intensified into a super Tropical Storm in late July. As it moved northwestward, it maintained its strength, bringing winds exceeding 150 kilometers per hour (90 mph) and occasional monsoon rains to the western portions of Central Luzon and Southern Luzon. Typhoon Egay resulted in the unfortunate loss of five lives and affected 813 barangays, comprising thousands of families. ADRA International’s dedicated team on the ground is working tirelessly to ensure that these supplies reach those who need them the most.

ADRA teams are collaborating closely with local authorities, partner organizations, and community leaders to evaluate requirements, distribute emergency provisions, and offer vital services like clean water, hygiene kits, and medical aid. As part of their immediate response, ADRA International is also establishing temporary shelters and safe areas for those displaced. These shelters prioritize the safety and well-being of the most vulnerable groups, including children, the elderly, and pregnant women, providing them with a secure environment.

In addition to disaster response, ADRA has been serving the Filipino community for more than 40 years through livelihood, health, and education programs serving women and children.

The original version of this story was posted on the ADRA International news site.