21 August 2013
Almost exactly a year after the devastating monsoon floods that hit Manila and nearby regions in August 2012, the Philippines is once more bearing the brunt of extreme weather, as Typhoon Utor tore a path through the northern island of Luzon on 11-12 August.
Ten people have died and almost 400,000 people have been affected as strong winds and heavy rains destroyed over 2,500 homes, toppled trees and cut off vital power supplies and communications networks.
While many farmers have seen their crops and only source of income destroyed, flooding and landslides have rendered many roads impassable.
Christian Aid local partners Social Action Center-Northern Quezon (SAC-NQ) and Alyansa Tigil Mina (ATM) have strong presence in the worst affected areas and are currently conducting assessments of the damage and needs of communities in the provinces of Aurora, Zambales, Nueva Vizcaya and Quirino.
Christian Aid is in regular contact with our partners on the ground and is monitoring the situation closely.
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