In a deadly September, the world watched as tropical storms, hurricanes, earthquakes, typhoons and tsunamis threatened both the Atlantic and Pacific and continents near and far.
From Tropical Storm Isaac and Hurricane Florence (later downgraded to a tropical storm) to the category 5 typhoon Mangkhut to the 7.5 magnitude earthquake and subsequent 18-foot tsunami in Indonesia, ADRA has been on the ground providing humanitarian relief.
In the Carolinas, ADRA supported Adventist Community Services (ACS) as they pre-positioned disaster relief supplies ahead of Florence’s landfall and provided funding for their relief efforts during and after the storm.
In the Philippines, ADRA distributed shelter kits and emergency food for those affected by the powerful Super Typhoon Mangkhut. Mangkhut, equivalent to a Category 5 hurricane, made landfall on Saturday, September 15, and caused a deadly landslide killing more than 60 people. The next day, ADRA’s response team traveled to Tuguegarao City, the capital of Cagayan province, to coordinate with the Office of the Civil Defense and the Department of Social Welfare and Development (DSWD) to provide initial assessments in the region that suffered the greatest devastation.
And finally, ADRA has deployed emergency response teams to Indonesia following a 7.5 magnitude earthquake and tsunami which were responsible for at least 1,200 deaths and affected more than 1.5 million people.
Because of the mass destruction to homes and structures, thousands of people are living in the streets with no food, water or shelter. “The devastation is extensive and the situation on the ground is chaotic. Homes were swept away, buildings and shops collapsed, roads buckled and cracked, including a large bridge that was destroyed. The humanitarian situation is also very serious. Thousands of people are sleeping outside fearing strong aftershocks,” said Clinton Rapell, country director for ADRA Indonesia.
ADRA has been coordinating with local authorities and other non-profits providing emergency supplies. They continue to deliver shelter kits, which include tarps, nails, ropes, hammers and handsaws.
“Many families are in urgent need of help. They have lost everything, and they are struggling,” said Mario de Oliveira, director for emergency management for ADRA International. “The most urgent needs at this time include baby and children foods, emergency tents and tarpaulins, blankets, clean and potable water, medicines, among other priorities.”
To support ADRA’s efforts in Indonesia, click here: https://adra.org/IndonesiaTsunami/