Typhoon Bopha hit the Philippines on 4 December 2012 with winds of 250 kph winds. More than 1,800 people werereported dead or, missing mostly in the eastern provinces of Mindanao that sustained the heaviest damage.
Over one million families (5.5 million people) were affected in 18 provinces of Mindanao and the Visayas.
Caritas Aotearoa New Zealand contributed more than $300,000 to relief work in the Philippines, including $150,000 from the government's New Zealand Aid Programme.
‘We are working through our sister agencies NASSA (Caritas Philippines) and Catholic Relief Services on the ground who have sent joint teams to the affected areas,’ said Caritas Director Julianne Hickey. NASSA developed a six month emergency plan to provide families with day to day living needs; set up water supply, sanitation and clean up systems; build shelters; and create livelihood support.