Typhoon Rai (known also as Odette) is the and 15th and most severe typhoon to hit the Philippines this year. Initial figures in the immediate aftermath of the disaster indicated around 300 people dead and some 300,000 people known to be displaced. 

Humanitarian agencies working in the region expected these figures to rise as the damage has been so catastrophic.  We now know that more than 400 people were filled and 7 million people have lost homes or livelihoods. This was the strongest typhoon to hit the Philippines in 2021 and many areas were already struggling with repairs due to storms earlier in the year.  The coastal areas were particularly affected and the Philippine Red Cross reported "complete carnage" in these areas.  Over 1 million acres of land have been flooded and damaged - the equivalent of 500,000 football pitches.  925,000 houses have been destroyed.

The British Province of Carmelites was amongst members of the Carmelite family to send funds for immediate relief work being undertaken by the Philippine Carmelite Province in the affected areas.  The Carmelites themselves were affected by damage to the monastery and formation centre. 

Here at the Society of the Little Flower, we are looking to raise funds for the Philippine Province to assist with mid to long term recovery efforts and we appeal to your generosity in assisting us with this.   Every penny raised in this appeal will go directly to the Philippine Province.

(Photographs provided by the Philippine Carmelite Province)