The Philippines’ Cagayan de Oro City, also known as the “City of Golden Friendship,” is considered to be the Gateway to Northern Mindanao (Region 10). This region has the largest economy in Mindanao and is only exceeded by the National Capital Region (NCR) as the region with the most economic accomplishments in the country.
Unfortunately, Northern Mindanao was battered by Tropical Storm Washi (known locally as Bagyong Sendong ) late at night on Friday, December 16th. As of the most recent updates from the Department of Social Welfare and Development:
- At least 436 people are dead in Northern Mindanao, most from Cagayan de Oro and in nearby Iligan City.
- An estimated 100,000 people are displaced by Washi, which is the worst storm in the history of the region.
- Over 10,000 people have been affected by the storm.
- Although over 2,000 people have already been rescued, more than 400 people are still missing and unaccounted for.
- Some 20,000 soldiers embarked on search-and-rescue operations, the military said.
Most of the casualties were caught asleep on their beds when raging flash floods tore everything in their path following heavy rains that dumped in more than a month’s worth of rainwater in about 12 hours.
"I have not seen anything like this before. This could be worse than Ondoy," military spokesman Colonel Leopoldo Galon said, referring to the storm known internationally as Ketsana that flooded Manila in 2009 and killed more than 400 people.
The victims, along with their families and friends, are appealing for any kind help from the international community.
If you’re in Southern California and elsewhere in the States and would like to donate, please make your check payable to:
KISC (Kagay-anon International of SouthernCalifornia)
2746 E Maria Ct.
West Covina, CA 91792.
Additionally, you could also go to Gawad Kalinga - USA's website:
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- At least 436 dead after storm pummels Philippines
- Philippine floods kill more than 400
- Philippines storm kills hundreds in Mindanao flash floods
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