Caritas Network responds to Cyclone Tembin

4 Jan 2018   |   Media release   |   Philippines   |   Emergencies   |   Emergency Relief

Local Caritas staff, partners and volunteers, part of the Caritas international network, are already responding with emergency assistance and support to those on the ground, following the devastating impact of Cyclone Tembin.

Cyclone Tembin 17, known locally as Typhoon Vinta, made landfall in Caraga municipality, around 254 km from Davao city, on December 24. It has devastated communities in the southern Philippines, with early reports of at least 180 people dead. Caritas Australia is contributing $50,000 AUD to the needs of affected peoples.

Caritas Australia’s Senior Programs Coordinator for Emergencies, Richard Forsythe, said the quick response has assisted many who were badly impacted by the Cyclone over the Christmas period.

"The efforts of Caritas Philippines and other partners in pre-positioning essential relief materials and evacuation centres have prevented the potential for further loss of life," Mr Forsythe said.

The cyclone caused flooding and landslides which resulted in deaths, as well as damage to homes and livelihoods. Cyclone Tembin follows the damage done by Tropical Depression Kai-Tak, which made landfall over central Philippines, in San Policarpo, Eastern Samar province on December 16.

For Umpia M. Dura, a resident of Lanao del Sur in the Southern Philippines, the presence of Caritas Philippines has been reassuring.

“I thank you for coming here to check on my rice mill, I thank you with infinite gratitude," Mr Dura said.

The Caritas international network says food, water and clothing are still the priority needs for those affected by the cyclone. According to the Philippines National Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Council (NDRRMC), more than 280 thousand families were affected by the disaster. Caritas Philippines (NASSA) is coordinating and closely monitoring actions across various Philippines dioceses, through its Emergency Operations Centre.

Food packages have already been provided to 500 families, with many more expected to be assisted once needs assessments have taken place in the affected areas.

Find out more

Caritas media contact: Nicole Clements on 0408 869 833/ or Susan Duric on 0407 536 130/

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