BENGUET. Pio Badangayon cries while seeing the body of her son-in-law Edwin Banawol after it was retrieved by rescuers at the site where victims are believed to have been buried by a landslide after Typhoon Ompong (Mangkhut) lashed Itogon, Benguet province, Monday, Sept. 17, 2018. Itogon Mayor Victorio Palangdan said that at the height of the typhoon's onslaught Saturday afternoon, dozens of people, mostly miners and their families, rushed into an old three-story building in the village of Ucab. The building, a former mining bunkhouse that had been transformed into a chapel, was obliterated when part of a mountain slope collapsed. (AP)
WE NEED YOUR HELP
Typhoon Mangkhut was the strongest storm anywhere on the planet in 2018, carrying gusts of up to 325 kilometers per hour (200 mph) before it made landfall in Cagayan province, on the northern tip of Luzon, about 1:40 a.m. Saturday morning on September 15th local time.
When it crossed land, Mangkhut was packing winds of up to 165 mph, 75 mph stronger than Hurricane Florence that hit North Carolina on the same day.
After the center of the storm passed the Philippines, Mangkhut's winds slowed enough for the typhoon to lose its "super" status, but it remains a very powerful storm system with maximum sustained winds of 134 mph, equivalent to a category 4 hurricane.
It is still wreaking havoc across the Philippines, including the areas where the Bernasol Educational Foundation has established humanitarian projects. As a result, all local operations are currently on hold, and the foundation is focusing on raising funds to aid with disaster relief in response to the damage being caused by Typhoon Mangkhut.
The Bernasol Educational Foundation is currently putting together a team in the regions hardest hit to help with the relocation of families in danger zones and the provision of food, water, and other supplies for these displaced people and others with no power or access to supplies.
We have a local team on the ground in other regions of the Philippines who are working toward getting food, fresh water and other supplies to help the families who lost everything due to mudslides, flooding and tree damage.
Now that the storm has passed, the foundation will also assist with the rebuilding of homes, if necessary, as well as the clearing of debris and the reconstruction of local roads.
Typhoon Mangkhut has left 81 people killed, destroyed 9.3 Billion crops to be harvested this October according to the Philippine National Police and NDRRMC
We are seeking to raise $5000 to support these efforts, and we need your help.