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Habitat for Humanity provides assistance in wake of Typhoon Ketsana in Manila

MANILA (Sept. 29, 2009) – Habitat for Humanity Philippines is working to provide assistance to victims of the worst flooding to hit metro Manila and surrounding areas in four decades.

“The extent of the flooding shows the importance of relocating residents along the Pasig River and its tributaries to safer areas,” said Charlie Ayco, Habitat for Humanity’s Asia Pacific director of program development. “At this time, we have begun recovery efforts to assist families displaced by the floods. Our long-term goal is to relocate 4,000 low-income families currently living along the banks of the Pasig River to safer dwellings within the next few years.”

Philippine President Gloria Arroyo declared a “state of calamity” encompassing most of Luzon island. Flood water levels reached a record 20 feet in rural areas.

In addition to long-term recovery work, Habitat Philippines efforts include providing temporary toilets in some of the more than 200 evacuation centers, which house approximately 115,000 evacuees.

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Habitat for Humanity Philippines is one of Habitat’s largest programs in the Asia Pacific region. To date, Habitat has built and rehabilitated some 22,000 homes and provided repairs, training and other services. Habitat for Humanity has led rebuilding efforts in a number of post-disaster reconstruction projects.

About Habitat for Humanity International
Habitat for Humanity International is an ecumenical Christian ministry that welcomes to its work all people dedicated to the cause of eliminating poverty housing. Since its founding in 1976, Habitat has built more than 300,000 houses worldwide, providing simple, decent and affordable shelter for more than 1.5 million people. For more information, visit