Typhoon Rai-Odette Leaves Siargao Island Ravaged

On Monday, 3rd of January 2022

Over 6.2 million people across 10 regions were affected to typhoon Rai-Odette. About 580,000 of them remain displaced with 356,000 people staying in evacuation centres and 227,000 people staying with host families or friends. Latest death count has totalled to 397.

“While many Brethren world wide attended the New Year’s divine service in their Church, we remember all those who did not only loose their homes in recent natural disasters but also their places of worship,” District Apostle (i.r.) Urs Hebeisen, the president of NACSEA Relief said recently. Typhoon “Rai-Odette” did not spare chapels and churches either. “May rebuilding soon be realised, with the help of all. Together in Christ we shall overcome also this set-back.”

Typhoon Rai, known in the Philippines as Typhoon Odette, was a powerful and catastrophic tropical cyclone that struck the Philippines. Rai became the first Category 5-equivalent super typhoon to develop in the month of December since Nock-ten in 2016, and the third Category 5 super typhoon recorded in the South China Sea, following Pamela in 1954 and Rammasun in 2014.