2011 tropical storm 'Washi', Philippines
Philippines: 640,000 people affected by tropical storm
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December 2011. CBM deploys an assessment mission in the island of Mindanao, in the southern Philippines, where storm Washi has affected close to 640,000 people and caused a thousand deaths.
‘A terrible tragedy’
CBM’s local partner organisation has been to the various evacuation centres and affected neighbourhoods. They reported that hundreds of bodies have been retrieved from rivers and that many people with disabilities were swept away.
Huge emergency needs
CBM’s evaluation mission is also going to assess the specific needs of persons with disabilities and other vulnerable groups, who are especially at risk under such terrible circumstances. It is therefore very important that specific medications for conditions such as epilepsy or hypertension are available or that mobility aids and other assistive devices (canes, crutches, walkers, wheelchairs, hearing aids, glasses, etc.) are distributed.