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Christian Aid launches emergency appeal for the victims of the Philippines typhoon

December 19 2011 - Christian Aid has launched an emergency appeal to enable its partner organisations in the Philippines to reach more people who have lost their homes and livelihoods in floods caused by Typhoon Washi, which struck the southern island of Mindanao early Saturday.

Christian Aid, which has already allocated £50,000 to relief work, will distribute emergency supplies in the Cagayan de Oro port area, such as: rice, mineral water, canned goods and cooking oil as well as mats, blankets, mosquito nets and cooking utensils. These will go to 700 families in Consolacion and another 250 families in Macasandig.

In the port area of Iligan, a further 1,000 families in Sinaplanon, San Roque and Tambo will receive cash transfers to enable them to buy food in local markets as they have lost any means of earning an income.

Christian Aid has worked with local partners in this area before and they are well placed to identify the most vulnerable members of the affected communities so they can be targeted first for emergency assistance,” said Alwynn Javier, who is co-ordinating our response from Manila.

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If you would like further information please contact Sarah Wilson on 0207 523 2277 or swilson@christian-aid.org. 24 hour press duty phone – 07850 242950  

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1. Christian Aid works in some of the world's poorest communities in nearly 50 countries. We act where the need is greatest, regardless of religion, helping people build the lives they deserve.

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