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The Salvation Army in the Philippines responds to tropical storm Ketsana.

Residents wade through flooded streets. [Photo courtesy of The Philippines Territory]

Drowning the Philippines with the worst flood in 40 years, Typhoon Ondoy (tropical storm Ketsana)—with winds over 62 miles per hour and the heaviest rainfall on record—left at least 246 people dead and around 375,000 stranded in late September/early October. Two major rivers—the Tumana and Marikina—that course through heavily populated areas in the north and east, overflowed, demolishing homes in the area. More storms may hit the region.

Salvation Army crews worked round the clock assisting those in greatest need, with the initial response concentrated on victims in the Manila, Quezon City, Marikina and Fairview areas. Teams provided basic necessities such as food, drinking water, blankets, and medicines.

Lt. Colonel Ron Clinch, chief secretary of The Philippines Territory said, “This is only the initial response. Many people have lost everything—even household items and clothing. Supporting families in re-establishing their lives will be the next stage, including the need to help with funeral expenses.”

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