In December 2011, The Freemasons’ Grand Charity agreed an emergency grant of £15,000 to the Red Cross following a typhoon that pounded the southern Philippines, bringing heavy rains and strong winds, which resulted in massive flooding and landslides.
More than 1,000 people were killed and the Philippines government declared a further thousand missing. Approximately 338,000 people were affected by the disaster and more than 10,000 homes destroyed. Experts estimated it would take up to six months to build temporary homes for the 60,000 who were made homeless as a result of the storm.
Tropical Storm Sendong was the 19th tropical cyclone to lash the Philippines during 2011. Most of the victims were asleep in the middle of the night when raging floodwaters pounded their homes following 12 hours of heavy rain.
Aid agencies have appealed for funds to help those affected. The United Nations is seeking £18.2m from donors to help provide water and sanitation to storm victims.
If you would like to contribute, please visit www.redcross.org.ph/donatenow