LDS safe after typhoon hits

Members and missionaries living in the central Philippines were all accounted for following the aftermath of Typhoon Mike, a cyclone with 150 mph peak winds that ripped into the Visayan region southeast of Manila Nov. 14.

Elder L. Lionel Kendrick, president of the Philippines/Micronesia area, said, "We have been extremely blessed to have no lives lost."The typhoon, the 12th of the season, is the most severe typhoon to hit the Philippines in about 10 years, he added.

A preliminary report from Elder Kendrick's office indicated that 155 member homes were totally destroyed in the hardest hit areas, the La Carlota and Bacolod stakes, and 372 homes were partially destroyed.

Three stakes in Cebu – the Mandaue Stake, Cebu Stake and Talisay Stake – reported that 782 members were affected in some way. Family homes of 126 members were partially or totally damaged. There have been no reports of significant damage to Church meetinghouses.

Much effort has gone toward restoring water to members, he added. Wells were equipped with generators on Church property so members could come for water.