Date: 30 November – 9 December 2006

Typhoon Durian: Category 4 (Severe Tropical Cyclone)

Typhoon Utor: Category 4 (Severe Tropical Cyclone)




Central Philippines (Legazpi City, Albay and the Bicol Region) was hit by Typhoon Durian in late November and then blasted by Typhoon Utor in December. The torrential rains not only caused massive flooding, but deadly mudslides from the volcanic slopes of Mount Mayon, killing more than 800 and displacing 200,000. Mercy Relief responded swiftly, providing aid to over 800 families in Legaspi City.




Partner(s): Social Action Center (SAC), All Churches Together (ACT Alliance), Department of Health in The Philippines




How we helped:

  • Sent disaster response teams which provided aid to over 800 families
  • Set up mobile clinics to treat 500 villagers
  • Conducted milk nutrition programmes for infants, children and the elderly
  • Provided stationery and art materials to more than 200 children. This was used in psycho-social programmes aimed at helping them cope in the aftermath of the disaster
  • Distributed gifts and celebrated Christmas with over 700 children in three evacuation centres
  • Funded the re-roofing of a school building used as temporary housing for 150 Internally Displaced Persons
  • Converted shelters to classrooms for 90 students after they were no longer needed for housing
  • Engaged locals in construction under a “Cash for Work” programme
  • Provided 10 water filtration systems to ensure long-term access to safe drinkable water
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