Early December 2012, Typhoon Bopha (locally Pablo) made landfall on the southern Philippine island of Mindanao as a Category 5 super typhoon. It was the strongest tropical cyclone to strike the island in recorded history, with wind gusts of 160 mph (260 km/h).
The storm laid a path of destruction. Mudslides, torrential rain, winds flattened villages, floods washed away homes and people, thousands were made homeless by the damage or destruction of 200,000+ homes.
At last tally, the death toll stands at 1,067 with a further 834 people reported missing. There are still 7,524 people staying in evacuation centers, while 835,934 displaced people are seeking shelter elsewhere. (OCHA, 15 Jan 2012)
Typhoon Bopha/Pablo was devastating, to say the least. The Philippines government and the United Nations has put out the call for more aid — And Heart to Heart is responding!
We have already shipped seven pallets of Heart to Heart Care Kits via FedEx Express. They’re headed to our partners the International Medical Corps (IMC) and the Asia America Initiative.
The Care Kits travel first from Kansas City to Los Angeles, then to Manila and from there south to Davao City on the island of Mindanao for distribution to those in need.
And we have more on the way. Heart to Heart is readying another shipment of Care Kits bound for another partner in Manila.