Typhoon Nina (local name Nock-Ten) swept across the Philippines over the holiday weekend. Forcing people to celebrate Christmas in evacuation centers. The eye of the storm passed just south of Manila before moving out of the country with sustained winds of 185 km/hr (115 miles/hr) with gusts up to 225 km/hr according to Philippines state weather bureau. The storm was one of the strongest to hit the Philippines since Typhoon Haiyan in 2013. Oriental Mindoro was one of the most damaged areas reported by Disaster Risk Reduction, where Mangyan (Iraya tribe) lives. Their shelters in the mountain were badly wrecked.
Basic needs like water, food, blankets and clothes were needed. The tribe went down the mountains because their root crops and source of food were damaged. Most people are traveling for more than 1 hour just to buy food. No electricity and no clean source of water supply to most places in Puerto. At the end the food supplies in the City were empty and desperation arises. Hawak Kamay Bergen was the major donor who quickly responded after we heard from one of our active member about the situation. While Dr. Ruth and her team gathered financial assistance from other donors as well. Together, we successfully sent approximately 2- 3 days rations of food (rice, canned sardines, canned tuna, noodles), blankets and water. Recipients also received clothes from other local donors. Our total helped reached approximately 250 families. HKB would like to thank Dr. Ruth Luneta Alolod for leading this mission successfully together with her amazing team in Batangas- Philippines, who worked so hard for days for rationing, packing, logistic, documentation and for direct aid delivery to all recipients. Thank you too for the assistance of other local groups and donors who extend their help to the recipients of Iraya tribe in Puerto Galera, Mindoro.