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Pastor Juncar Tabunan (left) and the Rev. Erwyn Maggay (center) receive solar panels with a power bank from April Mercado (far right) as part of the 2016 Typhoon Haima disaster response. Photo courtesy of April Mercado, United Methodist Communications.

Photo by the Rev. Relie Tabunan

Pastor Juncar Tabunan (left) and the Rev. Erwyn Maggay (center) receive Goal Zero solar panels with a power bank from April Mercado (far right), special projects manager for ICT4D Church Initiatives, as part of the 2016 Typhoon Haima disaster response.

Pastor Jucar Tabunan (right) receives a Freeplay solar radio from April Mercado as part of the 2016 Typhoon Haima disaster response. Photo courtesy of April Mercado, United Methodist Communications.

Photo by the Rev. Relie Tabunan

Pastor Jucar Tabunan (right) receives a Freeplay solar radio from April Mercado, special projects manager for ICT4D Church Initiatives, as part of the 2016 Typhoon Haima disaster response.

Typhoon Haiyan laid waste to vast areas just south of Tacloban  City, Philippines, in 2013. File photo by Mike DuBose, United Methodist Communications.

File photo by Mike DuBose, United Methodist Communications

Typhoon Haiyan laid waste to vast areas just south of Tacloban City, Philippines, in 2013.

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Philippines Typhoons: The Church Responds

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According to statistics, the Philippines is visited by an average of 20 typhoons every year, five of which are destructive. In October, 2016, powerful back-to-back typhoons pummeled the country. First, Typhoon Sarika made landfall over Luzon on October 15, 2016. Then Typhoon Haima hit the island four days later. You can donate now to help those affected by the storms. And read more about the United Methodist response on the ground. 

In November, 2013, Typhoon Haiyan, possibly the strongest storm ever to make landfall, battered parts of the Philippines.

UMCOR, the relief agency of The United Methodist Church, works with partners in the Philippines to provide assistance following typhoons. United Methodists across the globe are in solidarity with all those affected, offering prayers, support and aid.

Learn more about the church's response to disasters.

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