Typhoon Mangkhut - Disaster Response Update

Published: 17 Sep 2018

Tropical Typhoon Mangkhut made landfall along the northern Philippines on Saturday, 15 September, at 1:40am local time.  On 16 September 2018, Mission Aviation Fellowship, in partnership with Ethnos360 and Wings Above Aircraft Inc., conducted an Aerial Survey of portions of the northeastern Philippines.  Please note that while we assess the need MAF is not specifically raising funds for this disaster response.

The Wings Above Kodiak, with MAF’s Sharlene Coker, flew a low level coastal survey flight from Subic bay. The area is remote and sparsely populated, and they saw little observable damage.  They also surveyed the islands to the north of mainland Philippines, again reporting little observable damage.

MAF’s Vaughan Woodward accompanied Ethnos360 in their R44 helicopter to survey fishing villages on the east coast of Luzon where the storm had crossed.  Though they encountered bad weather enroute they managed to land at the village of Bolos Point, with a population of roughly 900-950 people and roughly 70 houses in total.  There had been no injuries or deaths as a result of the typhoon, but the community had not been able to harvest 4 rice crops – crops which are now destroyed, which will lead to food insecurity for the community. Many of the fishermen’s boats were also damaged in the typhoon.  Many homes were destroyed, as well as the church building.  The community will need shelter kits (tarpaulins and ropes) to secure housing. At present the people have a deep well that is providing clean drinking water, but work is required on their regular water source.

The team then flew on to the village of Valley Cove, with a population of 800 - 1000 people.  No deaths or injuries reported. The rice crop had not been harvested for most of the villagers. There was no mention of fishing boats being damaged in the typhoon, so livelihoods will be able to recover quickly. Shelter kits are required as many houses are now roofless, including the home of Ethnos 360 missionaries based there (who had been evacuated ahead of the storm). The school roof was also damaged, which will affect education for children in the area. The spring-water collection system needs to be fixed, which is typical after as a typhoon.  In the short term a deep well is providing clean water for the community.

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Flying back to Tuguegarao, following the road from the north, the team observed a lot of standing water and damaged crops. The main food crop is corn, which was almost ready for harvest. Every corn field they saw was damaged or destroyed. Corn is also the main livelihood crop.  Many farmers go into debt to secure seeds, so without a harvest there will be long term effects for people in the area due to loss of livelihood and economic activity. Many buildings were damaged along the road, between 1/3 to 1/2 of houses had sustained roof damage. The road however is open and bridges are secure.  Many vehicles were travelling on the road, and the infrastructure seemed OK.

News report and images by MAF International 

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