AMDA Emergency Bulletin I: ER for Typhoon Ketsana (Ondoy), Philippines
In response to the Typhoon Ketsana (Ondoy) that struck the island of Luzon, Philippines on Sept. 26th '09, AMDA Headquarters has sent two personnel to the afflicted site. According to the official announcement, the death toll has topped 240 and more than 450,000 people have been displaced. While about 80% of Manila is under water, the greater area is suffering from electric outage. On Sept. 27th, the government of the Philippines declared a state of emergency around Luzon and twenty-five provinces.
AMDA personnel have left for the Philippines on the 29th and are currently conducting a needs assessment for further initiative. One of the two personnel is from Kurashiki Pilipino Circle, a group of Philippino residents in Okayama, Japan.