About 47,000 families who were devastated by Typhoon Vongfong last week are in need of food, water and housing materials in the central Philippine province of Samar.
Governor Ben Evardone made the appeal on Sunday, May 17, as he reported the destruction brought about by the typhoon in his province.
The governor said provincial funds have been drained due to efforts to contain the new coronavirus disease in the past two months.
“Our funds right now are insufficient,” he said.
Typhoon Vongfong (local name: Ambo) toppled homes, including some evacuation centers.
Residents were in immediate need of tents and other make-shift housing materials aside from food, water and medicine, said the governor.
Vongfong is the first typhoon to hit the country with millions still reeling from the impact of the coronavirus pandemic.
Authorities said the typhoon left four dead in the province of Eastern Samar and displaced thousands of families.