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Immediate relief to earthquake-affected area

Philippines | OM International

Debrief after earthquakeAn earthquake of 7.2 magnitude hit Cebu at 8:12 on Tuesday, 15 October, where the OM Philippines-Cebu Ministries team is based. The epic centre of the earthquake was in neighbouring Bohol Island, but most of the casualties are from Cebu. To date, 158 people have been pronounced dead and still more are missing.

Having recently concluded a workshop conducted by Wesley Relief Society from Singapore on church response to disaster and crisis, OM team members immediately contacted two participants from Bohol to survey the extent of damage in the area.

“Our people were one of the first to respond [to the crisis],” said Sally Ababa, team leader of OM Philippines-Cebu Ministries. “The ID card we issued [participants] during our crisis relief training proved to be helpful as they used it to get permission to go into places no one has gone yet. They mobilised different ministerial and pastoral associations in the area and were able to get hold of village officials and other government units. The greatest need at the moment is water, food, medicine and temporary shelter.”

Under the leadership of OMer Gerry Rizon from OM Philippines-Cebu Ministries and Pastor Jun Tubo of Ubay Bohol, the Bohol Crisis Response Team left last week to provide water and food in four areas of Bohol: Sagbayan, Loon, Clarin and Bali-lihan. As food supplies on Bohol Island are running out, goods will be sourced elsewhere.

Time is of essence now. The team appreciates your fervent prayers.

Credit: OM International email
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