Typhoon Soudelor made landfall on the Northern Mariana Islands as a Category 2 Typhoon on Saturday, August 1. The storm took out power, water and sewage facilities and blocked major roadways. Power and water supplies may not be restored for several weeks. The Northern Mariana Islands, officially known as the Commonwealth of the Northern Mariana Islands, is a U.S. territory. The governor declared "a state of disaster and significant emergency" for Saipan, the largest and main island.

After passing through the Northern Marianas, Soudelor developed into Super Typhoon Soudelor, reaching the equivalency of a category 5 hurricane with wind gusts up to 180 miles per hour. The storm is now headed toward Taiwan and China and is expected to make landfall this weekend along the east coast of Taiwan, and is then expected to strike eastern China. In addition to damage from the high winds, the storm is expected to cause a large amount of rainfall which could trigger mudslides and produce widespread flash flooding.

PDA Response

Presbyterian Disaster Assistance (PDA) will continue to monitor the storm and is prepared to respond in collaboration with ecumenical and mission partners to identified needs.

Please join us in prayer for:

  • God’s protection over the people in living Taiwan, China and other areas in the path of Typhoon Soudelor;
  • God’s strength to sustain those who have already been impacted by the storm; and
  • God’s wisdom to those providing assistance to those impacted, and who are helping families prepare for the storms impact.

A downloadable prayer in the format of a bulletin insert can be found on the PDA website.

Please note: PDA will immediately post information to our Facebook page should there be significant updates over the weekend


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