(Philippines CNSAM). During the morning hours of November 8, 2013 Typhoon Haiyan hit the country of the Philippines in Southeast Asia.
With constant winds that reached 310 km/ hour and gusts of 400 km/hour the phenomenon is rated well above a category 5, which describes the most powerful hurricanes known.
The so-called “Super Typhoon Haiyan” hit Tacloban, a coastal city of 178,000 inhabitants, leaving it completely flooded and destroying all locations within one kilometer around the capital of the province of Leyte.
According to the Philippine government, the dead and wounded counted so far number in the thousands. Most deaths have been due to the level of the sea suddenly rising six meters and sweeping away houses and cars and submerging tens of thousands of people in the worst natural disaster in the history of Philippines.
The national Church of the Nazarene and Nazarene Compassionate Ministries through its Disaster Response Team-Philippines has traveled by sea and land in different modes of transportation to reach the affected areas. So far, no casualties have been reported among the more than 2000 Nazarenes living in the affected areas. In Tacloban, the so-called ground zero of the disaster, the Nazarene church building is one of the few structures that remained standing and has become a center for help.
Prayer support is needed for our Filipino Nazarene brothers and sisters living in the affected areas: for diseases and epidemics that can break out, for volunteers who are working without rest, for more volunteers who will help, and for the leaders who are working to find the best strategies for assistance.
Financial support is needed to prepare food packages for a family for 3 to 5 days. ($12 each) There are many other financial needs to be covered, as well. If you would like to help, please visit www.ncm.org and click the Outside USA & Canada-GIVE NOW tab.
Statistics about the Philllippines: http://go.hrw.com/atlas/span_htm/philippi.htm
Source: Asia Pacific Communications Ministry.
Written by: Germán Picavea.
Translation: Jennifer Edgerton.