Update: Typhoon Haima Hits More Than 100,000 in the Philippines
On October 19, at 11 p.m. local time, Super Typhoon Haima or ‘Lawin’ made landfall in north Luzon, Philippines. To date, the massive storm has affected roughly 104,000 people or 24,700 families across 132 municipalities. Of this, more than 40,500 people were evacuated.
“The strength of the wind felt like there was an earthquake says World Vision Philippines communicator, Lanelyn Carillo. “Our house was shaking.”
Homes, business centres, markets and power lines have been damaged in both Isabela and Cagayan provinces of Luzon, leaving thousands of families vulnerable.
World Vision Relief Efforts Are Underway
World Vision is already assisting more than 2000 children in Isabela, one of the Philippines’ hardest hit provinces. We have prepared relief packs including necessities like hygiene kits and tarps for 4,000 families and set up 15 child friendly spaces for affected children.
Local staff prepare relief packs to be given to the families who may be affected by Typhoon Haima (Lawin). Photo: World Vision
For the next month, we will focus on distributing hygiene kits and necessities such as blankets, mosquito nets and kitchen items and ensure vulnerable families partnered with World Vision in San Isidro, Cordon and Santiago receive support.
As part of our long-term recovery plan, we will provide opportunities for shelter repair assistance and initiate cash-for-work activities to help rebuild communities in northern Luzon.
World Vision continues to assess the situation and will provide more information as it becomes available.