Flooding in Philippines causes devastation

Eleven days of downpour has caused flooding in Manila, the capital city of the Philippines.

Sixty percent of the city is now under water, and streets have turned into waterways. Close to 1.5 million people are affected by this disaster.

World Vision is on the ground, working to bring help to families in need.

Eleven response teams have been dispatched to assess the situation and identify needs of families in the hard-hit areas of Manila. The teams are working in close coordination with local disaster authorities and community partners in the area.

Waters are knee- to waist-high in many areas, making driving impossible and  relief efforts difficult.

World Vision is distributing ready-to-eat food to 1,000 families in the Manila area.

Response teams are sensitive to the needs of children in this disaster, as they face heightened vulnerability to waterborne diseases and food shortages. Cramped evacuation centers can also pose a threat -- many have unhealthy conditions due to hygiene and sanitation issues.

It has been confirmed that all World Vision staff members and sponsored children in World Vision-assisted areas are safe.

We will continue to update as information becomes available.

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Children are at risk of waterborne diseases as they play in murky flood waters. Children are at risk of waterborne diseases as they play in murky flood waters. (Photo: Aaron Aspi/World Vision)

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Even big trucks struggle to pass through knee-high flooding. Even big trucks struggle to pass through knee-high flooding. (Photo: Aaron Aspi/World Vision)

Read more about the flooding in Manila and World Vision's response. Please pray for children and families affected by this disaster, as well as the efforts of our staff members to bring assistance to those in greatest need.

Make a one-time donation to World Vision's Disaster Response Fund. Your gift will help us respond quickly and effectively to emergencies around the world, like the flooding in Manila.

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