Hundreds Thought Dead in Philippines After Typhoon Strikes

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World Vision Philippines is due to dispatch a relief assessment team aboard a military Hercules C-130 into Catanduanes Province, where 265 km-per-hour winds from Typhoon Durian have struck local villages.

Three assessment team members are hoping to fly into the island province of Catanduanes tomorrow following a special appeal to World Vision from the province's governor. No video or media report has come out from Catanduanes to date, despite it being hit by the typhoon's most powerful gusts.

It is thought that damage could be more severe in Catanduanes than elsewhere. The typhoon is so far reported to have possibly killed more than 300 people, affected some 22,000 across north and central Philippines and left 11,000 homeless.

Two other World Vision assessment teams, totaling 10 staff, are going to head in by road to Legaspi City, Albay province, where a number of villages are thought to have been buried by mudslides. Telephone communications there have been severely disrupted and bridges and sections of roads are reported destroyed.

The challenge for World Vision will be where to focus its relief efforts and how best to gain access to devastated areas. Clothing aid is already being prepared.

Elsewhere, families were evacuated from communities in the Luzon region-where World Vision has ongoing development programs - although there were no reported casualties.

In the Calabarzon region, more than 1,800 families were evacuated from landslide- and flood-prone areas as the typhoon battered the Southern Tagalog area. More than 8,700 people were brought into 74 evacuation centers in the region's five provinces. Some 128 villages were affected by the typhoon with substantial damage reported.

In the Philippines, World Vision assists more than 120,000 children in 34 provinces and 22 cities across the country.

By World Vision

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