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January 2012

SENDONG UPDATES (as of 27 January 2012)

Balay Mindanaw Disaster Response Report As of 27 January 2012 We gladly and humbly share with you this first report two weeks after we decided to temporarily stop posting daily updates/reports on Balay Mindanaw’s Disaster Response activities as we transition from primarily relief and rehabilitation work to a more long-term

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Ignoring international humanitarian standards yet another disaster?

It was in the wee hours of 17 December 2011 that I witnessed the whirling and whistling winds ravaging part of the ceiling of our family dwelling, even if there did not seem to be that much rain. Not only once nor twice, but several text messages came in from Kaloy forwarding the hotlines of the 4th Infantry Division (4ID), and informing me how colleagues had rescued some families of fellow Balay Mindanaw workers

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Balay Mindanaw Disaster Response: Looking Back and Moving Forward…

Dear Friends, Thirty-one days after Sendong struck, and 29 days after we went full-swing in our organized response to the disaster, we now share with you a summary and consolidation, and our initial plans for a more organized and sustained response. The first day after the disaster was spent in

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Ayi on Sendong 5: 30 days after

Last of a series by Ariel C. Hernandez, [Written late in the evening of January 16 until the wee hours of the morning of January 17, 2012] Ayi and Belle Hernandez, as well as their kids, were among the victims of Typhoon Sendong as floodwaters submerged their home. They saved nothing but

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The Wrath of Sendong

As the world prepares for Christmas and New Year, the cities of Cagayan de Oro and Iligan in Northern Mindanao, Philippines were wrecked and inundated by flashfloods caused by Tropical Storm Sendong (International Name: Washi) on the late evening of December 16, 2011 until the early morning of December 17.

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Ayi on Sendong 4: Very tired but very fulfilled… 22 days after Sendong

Fourth of a series by Ariel C. Hernandez, Written 4 January  2012 Ayi and Belle Hernandez, as well as their kids, were among the victims of Typhoon Sendong as floodwaters submerged their home. They saved nothing but themselves. How they made it out alive, how they coped with being among the thousands

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Ayi on Sendong 3: 18 days after, CDO will never be the same again if…

Third of a series by Ariel C. Hernandez, Written 4 January  2012 Ayi and Belle Hernandez, as well as their kids, were among the victims of Typhoon Sendong as floodwaters submerged their home. They saved nothing but themselves. How they made it out alive, how they coped with being among the thousands

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