11 August 2009
Deadly Typhoons Hit East Asia
August 11, 2009: Devastating storms wreaked havoc through the Philippines, Taiwan, and China over the weekend, triggering some of the region's worst flash floods and landslides in decades.
SOS has Children's Villages in the Philippines, Taiwan, and China.
As of Tuesday morning, 22 people have been confirmed dead in the Philippines following Typhoon Morakot. The deaths included three French tourists and the two guides who tried to rescue them from their vehicle. All five were swept away by a flooded river.
Taiwan reported 38 confirmed dead and 62 missing Tuesday morning after the heaviest rainfall in 50 years. Many more people were forced to flee their homes and at least 10,000 others are feared trapped in coastal areas.
Anticipating the storm as it moved toward China's southeast coast from Taiwan, Chinese authorities evacuated a million people in Fujian and Zhejiang provinces. Waves more than 30 feet high hit China's coast, with winds of 74 mph. Thousands of homes and farmland have been destroyed. In the city of Wenzhou, a four-year-old child died beneath a collapsed house.
Children often suffer the most from poverty and natural disasters. If you'd like to provide sanctuary in China, Taiwan, or the Philippines please consider sponsoring an SOS child.
SOS on Ground in Asia to Aid Children Affected by Natural Disasters
SOS Children's Villages, a charity operating in 132 countries, is a safe haven for children who have been orphaned or abandoned by circumstance, including natural disasters. The organization builds villages where children whose families can no longer care for them find warmth and stability. Raised by locally trained SOS mothers and nurtured by the company of SOS siblings, SOS children attend school and receive medical treatment.
In emergency situations, SOS Children's Villages provides recovery aid to children and communities directly affected by crisis.
But SOS does more than raise vulnerable children to become productive adults. It also provides emergency relief to local populations during times of strife and natural disaster.
SOS has Children's Villages in the Philippines, Taiwan, and China. In 2008 SOS-Philippines distributed rice, noodles, and canned food to victims of Typhoon Fengshen. SOS also offered shelter to 70 families living near its Children's Village at Iloilo.
Helping Traumatized Children
During China's 2008 Sichuan earthquake, SOS Children's Village-Chengdu set up a temporary school in the hard-hit town of Mianzhu, which lost 11,000 residents to the quake. SOS staff ran the school in three tents, where together with local teachers they taught children Chinese language, math, music, and drawing. These classes provided deeply traumatized children a sense of normalcy. They also helped the children recover faster by giving them an artistic outlet for mourning their losses.
In emergency situations, SOS Children's Villages provides recovery aid to children and communities directly affected by crisis. For as little as $1 per day, you too can directly aid an SOS child orphaned by natural disaster.