Monday, October 05, 2009

VIDEO: Communities under water in the Philippines

Save the Children has posted a video from the Philippines that highlights the need for aid after Tropical Storm Ketsana. On September 26 the storm caused widespread flooding through Manila washing away homes and communities. This video shows an entire community trying to get to dry ground.

From the related press release, Save The Children describes some of their rescue work in the Philippines.

Due to our preparedness efforts on the ground in the Philippines, we were able to respond quickly to the tropical storm. We have distributed hundreds of emergency kits to affected children; these include essentials such as clothes and soap. Plastic jugs to store water will also be provided.

This work will be expanded to reach affected children and their families who are staying outside evacuation centres. Teams of staff continue to conduct rapid assessments in affected communities. As part of the assessments, Save the Children will prioritise childrens need for psychosocial support.

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