Typhoon Washi (known as Sendong locally) devastated the largest island in the Southern Philippines, Mindanao, in December, causing flash floods and killing nearly 1,000 people. Because the area’s natural landscape has been cleared by illegal logging and pineapple plantations, the immense rain could not be contained by the soil and sent torrents of water, mud, and logs down the mountains and through riverside homes and villages. The flooding left over 40,000 people homeless and the government has declared a state of calamity in the region. Rebel military groups, long active in Mindanao, have called a temporary truce with the government in response to the local suffering.
Give2Asia has launched its Philippines Typhoon Washi Disaster Fund to support relief and recovery efforts. All donations will go to supporting local responders.
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