Typhoon Nock-ten: Urgent help for people with disabilities in Philippines

Posted on: Thursday, 29th December, 2016
fallen trees and damaged buildings

CBM is working to provide emergency support to people with disabilities in the Philippines after Typhoon Nock-ten destroyed homes, infrastructure and farm land.

485,000 people were evacuated as the storm approached, spending Christmas day in shelters. As with all natural disasters, people with disabilities are among the worst affected as they may find it difficult to escape danger or access emergency help. CBM is working with four existing partner organisations based in the most affected areas to bring urgent help to women, men and children with disabilities.

fallen tree lying on collapsed buildingTyphoon Nock-ten arrived in the Philippines on Christmas day. Reports from the areas where the storm first made landfall - Catanduanes, Albay and Camarines Sur in Bicol region – indicate severe wind and flood damage. Around 75,000 houses have been damaged along with thousands of classrooms and infrastructure such as roads and medical centres. Power supply is down in Bicol region and mobile phone networks have been damaged, making communication difficult.

Images by CBM partner Simon of Cyrene Community Rehabilitation and Development, Philippines. 

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