Survivors of devastating Typhoon Vinta within the four affected towns in Lanao del Norte receive cash assistance from Lutheran World Relief (LWR) in partnership with Maradeca Inc.
These affected communities are located in the towns of Munai, Salvador, Lala, and Kolambugan of Lanao del Norte.
Munai was reportedly the most affected because of the number of lives lost and damaged properties.There were 32 documented fatalities and 6 persons declared missing in Munai.
In Lanao del Sur, five towns were also affected by Vinta.
These are the municipalities of Bubong, Ditsaan Ramain, Lumba Bayabao, Tugaya, and Madalum.
Thirty seven (37) villages were severely affected in this province.
The six villages that have suffered from severe flooding and heavy rains in Munai are barangay Matampay (with 300 affected families); Poblacion (450 affected families); Lininding (270 affected families); Pendulonan (500 affected families), Bacayawan (193 affected families); and, Ramain (100 affected families).
LWR and Maradeca Inc. launched it humanitarian in these areas through Quick Start Program for Unconditional Cash Assistance.
There were 1,124 families who have received cash assistance which was delivered from January 15 to February 28, 2018 following thorough documentation of affected families.
The second phase of cash assistance was shared to 1,505 families in Lanao del Sur.
“I lost my daughter and my husband when Typhoon Vinta hit us. My daughter was a public teacher,” narrated Samiyarah Lomondot, 78 years old and a resident of barangay Bato, Madalum, Lanao del Sur. Her home was totally devastated. She lost her money, jewelries and properties.
Mauling Ambaya, 45 years old and a resident of barangay Basak, Pendulunan of Lanao Norte, mourned for losing two of her eight children due to typhoon Vinta. Her house was severely damaged.
Beneficiaries expressed gratitude for the humanitarian relief which could help them purchase basic necessities like food and medicines.
Typhoon Vinta brought massive flooding in affected towns. Locals blamed continued illegal logging activities in the hinterlands as contributory to flash floods. (Sophia Dimalog).