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Fatal earthquake strikes Philippines

25 November 2013

More than 150 people have been killed and 22 are missing following an earthquake in the Philippines.

The 7.2-magnitude earthquake that rocked central Philippines on the morning of 15 October has affected over 3.2 million people.

Christian Aid has released £30,000 to support the work of our partners - including Fellowship for Organising Endeavours, Inc (FORGE) and Rice Watch Action Network (RWAN) -  in meeting the needs of those most affected.

Around 47,000 people have been forced to evacuate and more than 600 homes have been destroyed across the provinces of Cebu and Bohol. Major bridges and roads and public infrastructure, including power supplies and communication networks have been seriously damaged.

A woman sits amongst the ruins of a church

A woman cries as she sits among the ruins of a church in Bohol province, central Philippines.

A disaster prone country

More than half of the population of the Philippines live in disaster prone areas, and the country is now considered the third most vulnerable in the world to natural disasters and climate change.

Alwynn Javier, Christian Aid’s Resilience Officer for Southeast Asia, said: ‘Tragically, when disasters such as this or the recent typhoons Trami and Utor hit, it’s the poorest who feel the impact worst - living in dangerous, informal settlements or flood prone areas.

‘With little to fall back on, when people’s health, homes or livelihoods are damaged, the road to recovery can be very long.’

Our partners in the Philippines are committed to helping women and men in vulnerable communities to build thriving, resilient lives and livelihoods - to anticipate, manage the risks of, and respond to disasters and adapt to the effects of climate change.

Find out more

This video shows how FORGE are empowering communities to improve their resilience in disaster prone areas.

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