WCF provides lifelines to those in emotional, financial and spiritual crises. In many cases, we are the last resort for a helping hand. A good example is those who suffered from the impacts of Typhoon Damrey, the worst tropical storm to hit Southeast Asia in more than 15 years.
In 2013 there had already been a deadly storm in the North Pacific Ocean that affected Palau, the Philippines, Vietnam, and China. With maximum sustained winds at landfall in central Philippines that measured 195 miles (314 km) per hour, Haiyan was among the most powerful tropical cyclones ever recorded, if not the most powerful, to strike land.
Typhoon Damrey, known in the Philippines as Severe Tropical Storm Ramil, was the strongest typhoon to strike South-Central Vietnam since 2001’s Typhoon Lingling. It first originated as a tropical depression over the Philippine archipelago of Visayas on 2017 October 31. Emerging to the South China Sea few days later, the system strengthened into the second deadliest and twenty-third named storm of the 2017 Pacific typhoon season. Damrey made landfall over Khánh Hoà, Vietnam as the region hosted the 2017 APEC Summit in Da Nang.
The eye of this category 2 cyclone passed right over a region in Vietnam that is home to nearly a hundred brothers and sisters and their families. Corrugated roofs were torn from homes, exposing personal effects that were destroyed by torrential rains. Those who depend on farming suffered crop damage. Through the generosity of Williamsburg Christadelphian Foundation donors, WCF was able to cover a significant part of the total expenses needed to rebuild damaged homes.
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