Maldivian students in typhoon-hit Philippine school receive food and water

Residents stand amid damaged homes following Typhoon Rai in Talisay, Cebu province, central Philippines on Saturday, Dec. 18, 2021. (AP Photo/Jay Labra)

Maldivian Foreign Ministry states that they have made contact with the aviation school affected by the typhoon in Philippines, and that the Maldivian students there have received food and water. 

The Airworks Aviation Academy in Cebu City – hit hard by Typhoon Rai – houses dozens of Maldivian students. 

Foreign Ministry said on Monday that they called the school and collected important information. 

According to the Foreign Ministry, there are currently 45 Maldivian students at the school, all of whom are doing “generally well”. 

Foreign Ministry said that the area where the school has lost electricity, and the school building suffered massive damages. 

The students are currently sleeping in shifts, said the Foreign Ministry. 

Foreign Ministry officials met with parents of Maldivian students in Philippines to hear their concerns on Sunday. 

Foreign Ministry said that they are facing difficulties in sending supplies to the students due to the massive damages in the area. 

“We are working through the Philippine Ambassador and Maldives’ Honorary Consul in Philippines to provide additional assistance to the Maldivian students,” said Foreign Ministry’s Communications Director, Mohamed Miuvan. 

At its strongest, the typhoon packed sustained winds of 121 miles per hour and gusts of up to 168 miles per hour, making it one of the most powerful in recent years to hit Philippines. Over 300 people have died. Most were hit by falling trees and collapsed walls, drowned in flash floods or were buried in landslides.   

Nearly 500,000 people have been relocated.