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Philippines: Initial Reports of Typhoon Damage Reassuring

Mon, 08 Dec 2014 - 4:58 PM CST

With last week's prediction of widespread damage across the Philippine Islands as Typhoon Hagupit approached, local authorities urged residents of communities at greatest risk to seek shelter. Congregations at more than 4,500 Assemblies of God churches across the nation joined in prayer and prepared to help potential victims.

Hagupit's landfall has been much less destructive than feared.

"In speaking to our AG superintendent in Tacloban, the city hardest hit by last year's Typhoon Haiyan, he reports this storm veered north and weakened," says Bill Snider, AGWM area director for Southeast Asia.

The Associated Press reports 21 deaths from the storm, a reassuring statistic when compared with Haiyan's thousands of lost lives.

"The storm is slow moving, dumping lots of rain across an area north of the previous typhoon," Snider says. "Flooding is imminent."

Snider asks for prayer that Hagupit would quickly move beyond the islands and minimize flooding. It is still too early to know if relief efforts will be required.

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