PHILIPPINES – Super Typhoon Noru, the strongest storm to hit the Philippines this year, is affecting half a million Filipinos. Many lost their homes and livelihoods, especially those on the islands where Noru, known here as Super Typhoon Karding, made landfall.
An Operation Blessing team traveled for three hours in a motorboat through treacherous seas to bring supplies to isolated island communities in the central Philippines, where the super typhoon hit.
The tropical cyclone would have destroyed 70% of the houses here.
Josefina Habitan told CBN News there was nothing she could do but watch her house crumble in front of her from high winds and rain.
“Our house was slowly leaning to one side. The wind picked it up and then it fell until our house collapsed. All of our things got wet, including our rice which spilled on the floor .dirty, so we can have food in this time of calamity,” Habitan said.
The island of Burdeos where Josefina lives is so remote that disaster relief rarely reaches it. That’s why she and other islanders were especially grateful when Operation Blessing arrived with much-needed food and solar lamps because there was no electricity.
“Thank you very much. You gave us a lot of food that will last for several days,” Habitan said.
On another island lives Fely Miranda, 80, grateful to Operation Blessing, the first aid group that came to help them.
She said, “It’s a big help for me, especially since I’m alone. Thank you for coming to our island even though it’s very far away.”
Survivors also received New Testament Bibles as Operation Blessing church partners shared the good news of salvation through Christ.
Meanwhile, another Operation Blessing team crossed rivers to deliver food, mats, blankets and sunlamps to typhoon victims living in the mountainous province of Rizal. Operation Blessing is committed to bringing help where others dare not go.