N.C.-Based Samaritan’s Purse Expands Relief Efforts for Typhoon-Ravaged Southern Philippines

A Samaritan's Purse disaster relief team arrived today in the Philippines to ramp up emergency aid to communities devastated by Typhoon Bopha. Immediately after the storm hit, the international Christian relief organization began working with local partners to help meet the critical needs of storm survivors by providing emergency relief kits. The kits are filled with rice, canned goods, milk, noodles, pots and pans for cooking, soap and plastic containers. Samaritan’s Purse made the decision to deploy a disaster relief team as new reports showed numbers of those affected continued to grow.  

Typhoon Bopha made landfall in the Philippines on Dec. 4, hammering the southern island of Mindanao, causing widespread damage and killing more than 900 people. More than 5.4 million people were impacted by the storm, displacing more than 765,000 residents and damaging more than 148,000 homes. Hundreds of people are still missing and feared dead.

Today, a team of disaster relief experts from the U.S., U.K., Canada and Australia arrived to assess the damage and work with community leaders to identify where the organization can offer additional aid. The team will coordinate expanded aid for the storm victims. Initial reports point to a need for clean water and shelter.

"The people of the southern Philippines have suffered a tragic loss. We are working hard to provide them with immediate emergency supplies and to identify future needs," said Samaritan's Purse President and CEO Franklin Graham. "Our hope is to not only provide survivors with physical aid, but to bring hope to their communities and families." 

Samaritan's Purse has worked through partnerships in the Philippines for more than 15 years. In August, the organization provided aid to communities around Manila following Typhoon Gener. In 2009, Samaritan's Purse implemented a program funded by USAID's Office of U.S. Foreign Disaster Assistance in response to urban flooding during Tropical Storm Ketsana and several weeks later, Typhoon Parma.  

Samaritan's Purse is an international Christian relief and evangelism organization, based in Boone, North Carolina, that responds to the physical and spiritual needs of individuals in crisis situations - especially in locations where few others are working. Samaritan's Purse works in more than 100 countries to provide aid in the name of Jesus Christ to victims of war, disease, disaster, poverty, famine and persecution. For more information, please visit www.samaritanspurse.org.