Philippines hit by earthquake
11 February 2017
A powerful earthquake in the Philippines has forced people from their homes. CAFOD and our partners are ready to respond.
At least seven people have been killed by an earthquake in the Philippines, according to local officials. Over 100 people have been injured and more than 5,000 families have been affected by a lack of electricity and water supply in their homes. Our partners on the ground tell us that radio stations are off air and several roads and bridges have been damaged.
The earthquake reached 6.7 on the Richter scale and the epicenter was near the city of Surigao. Our emergency team and our local partners are urgently assessing the situation, and we are ready to respond as soon as the needs become clear.
CAFOD started working in the Philippines in 1969, when a typhoon struck the country. On 8 November 2013 Typhoon Haiyan hit the Philippines, tearing apart the lives of more than 14 million people. The typhoon was one of the most powerful storms ever to make landfall, and it left more than five million people homeless. CAFOD responded to the disaster within hours, providing food, shelter, water and sanitation and emergency supplies. In the aftermath of Typhoon Haiyan, we helped communities to develop early warning systems and to create plans for what to do when disaster strikes. These systems were vital in saving lives when Typhoon Hagupit struck the Philippines in December 2014.