The Philippines is an archipelago of some 7,107 islands — placing it in prime territory for natural disasters, such as hurricanes and typhoons. Most of the islands experience annual torrential rains and thunderstorms, and some 19 typhoons within the region in a typical year. About half of those make landfall.

On September 12, 2018, Typhoon Mangkhut (Ompong) made landfall. It left trails of devastation in four northern regions, making it the strongest typhoon to hit the Philippines in 2018. Over 3 million peoplewere affected, nearly 100 died. Thousands more had to move to live in temporary evacuation shelters. Islamic Relief responded immediately and conducted an assessment. IRUSA also approved a $50,000 response to provide cash and livelihood assistance to thousands.

Damage from such natural disasters often exacerbates the impoverished living conditions of many of the island-nation’s residents. One-quarter of the population lives below the poverty line. While there has been a reduction in poverty across the country, improvements have been slow and uneven.

Islamic Relief first helped in the Philippines in response to Typhoon Haiyan (also known as “Yolanda”) in November 2013. Since then, IRUSA donors have supported humanitarian aid efforts for survivors of the natural disaster and their families.

Please note: Donations made toward IRUSA’s Philippines fund may be used to support important emergency or long-term work across the country, or for Philippines refugees in other countries.



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