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ADRA Aiding Filipino Communities Impacted by Volcano and Typhoon

Updated: Aug 13, 2023

Since June 19th Mayon Volcano is still at Alert Level 3, which indicates a possible eruption in the next days or possibly weeks.

ADRA (Adventist Development and Relief Agency), has stepped up by helping the Philippines in the wake of the Mayon Volcanic Activity. Since June 19th Mayon Volcano is still at Alert Level 3, which indicates that it is now experiencing a high level of unrest due to the presence of magma at the crater, and a possible dangerous eruption in the next days or possibly weeks. It has caused seven 7 volcanic earthquakes and 391 rockfalls.


The ongoing eruption of Mayon Volcano presents various challenges for people in the surrounding areas, including ashfall threats, livelihood disruptions, and family displacement. At least 10,200 families, children, and individuals from 26 barangays (villages) have been affected.


“ADRA, is responding by providing cash assistance to 950 families in evacuation centers in Malilipot and Santo Domingo, Albay. Also provided emergency relief supplies, such as food, water, shelter materials, and hygiene kits, who were affected by the Mayon Volcanic Activities. Their efforts aim to deliver both immediate relief and long-term support to those impacted by the disaster. ADRA collaborates with local authorities, humanitarian organizations, and Adventist Church volunteers to prioritize the recovery and rehabilitation needs of the affected communities, ensuring they receive the necessary care and assistance.” Says Prabhook Bandaratilleke , ADRA country director for The Philippines.

ADRA is providing aid to families impacted by Typhoon Egay, which intensified into a super Tropical Storm since July 25th. As it moved northwestward, it maintained its strength, bringing winds exceeding 150 km/h and occasional monsoon rains to the western portions of Central Luzon and Southern Luzon. Typhoon Egay resulted in the unfortunate loss of five lives and affected 813 barangays (villages), comprising at least 10,200 families, children, and individuals. ADRA International’s dedicated team on the ground is working tirelessly to ensure that these supplies reach those who need them the most.

ADRA teams are collaborating closely with local authorities, partner organizations, and community leaders to evaluate requirements, distribute emergency provisions, and offer vital services like clean water, hygiene kits, and medical aid. As part of their immediate response, ADRA International is also establishing temporary shelters and safe areas for those displaced. These shelters prioritize the safety and well-being of the most vulnerable groups, including children, the elderly, and pregnant women, providing them with a secure environment.

In addition to disaster response, ADRA has been serving the Filipino community for more than 40 years through livelihood, health, and education programs serving women and children. Visit ADRA.org to learn more about ADRA’s relief and development efforts and how you can contribute to the global humanitarian agency’s mission.


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