Typhoon Mangkhut, also known as Typhoon Ompong, hit the Philippines on September 14, 2018. The super storm affected more than 2.4 million people – triggering landslides, destroying hundreds of homes, displacing 148,000, and killing more than 70.
On September 26th, with support from United Airlines and Emirates, Airlink sent five World Hope International ‘Fresh Water’ volunteers to Luzon to distribute water filtration systems. The team of five trained volunteers spent one week in northern Luzon, where they worked in remote villages to distribute food, water and other relief supplies.
Airlink also worked with United Airlines to mobilize key staff from Adventist Development and Relief Agency (ADRA). ADRA’s response team traveled to Tuguegarao City, the capital of Cagayan province, to coordinate with the Office of the Civil Defense (OCD) and the Department of Social Welfare and Development (DSWD) to provide initial assessments in the provinces of Isabela and Cagayan, which suffered the brunt of the devastation. The team also worked to distribute shelter kits to families whose homes had been damaged or destroyed due to wind, flooding, and storm surge.