On December 16th, 2011, a tropical storm hit southern Philippines. I will be in Cagayan de Oro working with the All Hands Organization, the group in which I volunteered in Haiti.  There will be a group of about 30 of us and we will be living in Cala’anan, Canitoan, Cagayan de Oro City, Mindanao.  The plan is to focus on mudding out houses from the flooding and to build more permanent structures.  Many locals are living in temporary relocation settlements.   The U.S. Department of State has written the following information:

“Tropical Storm Washi (known locally as Tropical Storm Sendong) brought exceptionally heavy rainfall and produced extensive flooding in heavily-populated coastal areas throughout many provinces in the southern part of the Philippines. Flooding and landslides have caused significant loss of life and damage to property. The affected areas include the cities of Iligan and Cagayan de Oro in the province of Misamis Oriental and, to a lesser extent, towns in 12 additional provinces: Capiz, Bohol, Negros Oriental, Zamboanga del Norte, Bukidnon, Lanao del Norte, Misamis Occidental, Compostela Valley, Davao del Norte, Agusan del Sur, Surigao del Sur, and the Autonomous Region in Muslim Mindanao. Although the floodwaters have receded, destroyed bridges and blocked roads have hampered transportation and limited access to some essential services in the affected regions. There are reports of shortages of bottled water and food, and disruptions to communication, transportation, and power services. These disruptions increase the risk of waterborne disease. It is unclear how long these conditions will last.”  (http://travel.state.gov/travel/cis_pa_tw/pa/pa_5634.html)

I will try to update my status every couple of days.  Until we meet again…

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