- Posted December 4, 2012 by
This iReport is part of an assignment:
Typhoon Bopha leaves thousands in the Philippines in evacuation centers
Thanks to work by residents, local government and charities following last year's deadly typhoon in the same area, she said many were better prepared. "Last year it was devastating because people didn't evacuate in time," she said. "They lost their homes; they lost their lives; they lost everything. At least this time people, the local government and even World Vision have all prepared." For the latest on the typhoon please read CNN's news story.
- sarahbrowngb, CNN iReport producer
Already World Vision is receiving reports from staff of severe damage to houses. National roads and bridges have been flooded and rendered impassable. Typhoon-stricken areas immediately faced power and communication cut-offs which further isolated villages in rural areas.
However, there are also encouraging signs that many people heeded the warnings and went to evacuation centers. So far reports of casualties are much lower than Typhoon Washi, which hit the same area last year, killing more than 1,000.
"We remain hopeful that the casualties will stay low because of the tremendous efforts set by government in partnership with communities to advance child-focused disaster risk reduction practices that significantly reduce deaths, " said Elnora Avarientos, Executive Director of Programs for World Vision in the Philippines.
World Vision is standing by to assist with food and other items like blankets once the typhoon survivors' needs are determined.