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Philippines, Central Visayas Region: Once again another major Typhoon has placed the Philippines squarely in its sights!

Super Typhoon Haiyan, which started developing two days ago in the central Pacific, has rapidly grown to a category 5 Super Typhoon, with winds in excess of 175 mph (281 kph).  As can be seen in the latest photo (above) it is forecast to make landfall in the central Philippines around 9am Friday, November 8th, 2013.

Many homes were completely destroyed in the earthquake.

Many homes were completely destroyed in the earthquake.

The area of the Philippines that is forecast to be directly in the path of Typhoon Haiyan, is the Central Visayas Region, Bohol Province, an area devastated by the October 15th, 7.2 earthquake.

According to government reports, more than 69,000 structures were damaged or destroyed during the earthquake, leaving many living in makeshift tents.

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Nazarene Compassionate Ministries and Nazarene Disaster Response have already been on the ground since the 17th of October.   Just recently, a large food and fresh water distribution was conducted in a joint operation between Nazarene Disaster Response and Samaritan’s Purse (Click here for the news story).

Many families are currently living in makeshift tents, away from their damaged or destroyed homes.

Many families are currently living in makeshift tents, away from their damaged or destroyed homes.

“This truly couldn’t come at a worse time,” said Todd Aebischer, Regional Communications Coordinator (who just spent four days on the ground in the Bohol Province with Nazarene Disaster Response) “These families are in a very vulnerable position with already compromised infrastructure, water and food supplies, and increasing incidence of disease associated with these types of disaster.”

Much of the infrastructure was destroyed in the earthquake.

Much of the infrastructure was destroyed in the earthquake.

Please keep the Central Philippines in your prayers!  Our God is greater than any storm.

Our Nazarene families on the ground need to know that they have a family around the world, lifting them up in prayer!

 

Cmprsd Response

Nazarene Compassionate Ministries / Nazarene Disaster Response / Samaritan’s Purse, on the ground together in Sandingan, providing relief supplies after earthquake of October 15th.