Tzu Chi relief work for Typhoon Fengshen victims in Philippines

Taiwan Buddhist Tzu Chi Foundation (ReliefWeb), Jul 6, 2008

Taipei, Taiwan -- In June, Typhoon Fengshen (Frank) swept through the Philippines with heavy rains and sustained winds leaving behind a trail of destruction. On June 23, Taiwan Buddhist Tzu Chi volunteers in Philippines immediate held aid distributions to victims in the aftermath of the disaster. 273 affected families received relief goods.

On July 3, Tzu Chi relief teams went to Aklan, one of the hardest-hit provinces to survey situation for further assistance. Tzu Chi plans to provide further assistance to those victims in the near future.

June 23, two days after Typhoon Frank hit the Philippines, Tzu Chi volunteers immediately headed their way to Dreamland, Rosario, Cavite to extend help through a relief operation activity to the families affected by flood. 273 families received relief goods such as boxes of powdered milk, oats and clothes.

Dreamland village is a coastal community used to regularly suffer flood when a typhoon strikes.Tzu chi paid first visit the village when it flooded caused typhoon struck in last August. Since then, Tzu Chi volunteers regularly conduct relief operation activities and medical mission to Dreamland.

Most villagers stayed in the evacuation area when the Typhoon Fengshen hit the area. The flood was above knee level and had reached their floor where they usually sleep. Relief goods were given to affected families with the hope of alleviating the situation of victims who are in evacuation centers and in shelters of relatives and friends.

Typhoon Frank caused a vast destruction in Dreamland but its residents again witnessed the rays of the sun through the selfless love and quick response of the volunteers who stood by their side in their time of need.

Tzu Chi immediately responds to the emergency caused by Typhoon Fengshen. Victims receive the warm care by the aid distribution. Furthermore, Tzu Chi plans to give more help to those areas affected by the storm. Members of Tzu Chi relief team went to the hard-hit area to survey the situation that could offer the service of victim most need.