Dear friends and family,
In the Philippines, the homes and lives of millions are at risk daily to the threat of typhoons, earthquakes, and volcanoes. We're now in the heart of monsoon season here, and we're all just trying to keep our heads above water...literally. For the past three days it's been pouring rain in Metro Manila almost nonstop. I actually can't remember a day in the last couple weeks that it didn't rain for at least a few hours. Manila sits at sea level with a relatively poor drainage system, and thus flooding happens quickly during heavy rains. The current torrential rainstorm has left 60 percent of Metro Manila (a metropolis of 12 million people) inundated in floods. The death toll from the storm is at 72 and rising, and around 850,000 people are now either displaced or completely stranded.
|Residents pluck useful items out of the rushing floodwater.|
|A man swims across flooded streets.|
Notice how close the water is to reaching a "no-parking" sign.
|Residents huddle on rooftops as the flood engulfs their homes.|
|Rescue workers bring trapped families to safer ground.|
|A group digs through layers of mud to save victims of landslides.|
|Thousands take shelter in evacuation centers after their shanties are flooded.|
Please pray for the families who have been affected by flooding here in the Philippines. There is much to do before Metro Manila can get back on its feet again. Despite the very real tragedies occurring here now, we know God is at work and using many everyday people to answer a call to help.