See photos of how Samaritan’s Purse is responding to the disaster with life-saving supplies and spiritual support in Jesus’ Name.
Providing Relief in the Philippines
The Samaritan’s Purse disaster relief team was among the first to arrive in the Philippines to provide for aid and support for the victims of the devastating storm.
Some reports indicated that the storm hit the Eastern Samar Province and the northern tip of Cebu Province with sustained winds of 195 miles per hour and gusts up to 235 miles per hour. The force of this super typhoon destroyed many homes displacing at least 580,000 people and killing more than 2,000.
Survivors are left in shock as they assess the damage to their community, unsure of where to begin as they start the process of rebuilding.
Victims begin the long road ahead of picking up the pieces of their lives after the typhoon. Samaritan’s Purse is offering physical and spiritual support during this difficult time.
Children stand outside their homes crying out and holding signs expressing how hungry and thirsty they are. “The sight is gut-wrenching,” said Andrew Conrad, the Water, Sanitation and Hygiene specialist on the team. “In the areas where the winds were the highest intensity, nearly every house is either completely destroyed or has lost the roof.”
Samaritan’s Purse is distributing emergency supplies to the victims of the storm in Bantayan Island, providing them with tarps for shelter, food, and hygiene items.
Samaritan’s Purse makes it a priority to talk and pray with the families who are suffering as a result of the storm, offering comfort and hope in Jesus’ Name.
The gift of a tarp to a disaster victim can be the difference between a safe place to sleep and a cold, damp night.
Please continue praying for the people affected in the Philippines. Pray for their communities, their missing loved ones, and for strength as they move forward after the catastrophic Typhoon Haiyan.