HI emergency workers have arrived in the northern Philippines to identify the needs of the victims of Typhoon Mangkhut and prepare our emergency response.
Super Typhoon Mangkhut, which made landfall in the Philippines on Sept. 14., has killed nearly 50 people and affected more than 4 million others. Rescue workers arrived in the north of the country, but roads blocked by landslides and floods have complicated their search for victims. Many lightly-built homes lost their roofs, and more than 100,000 people have been displaced to evacuation centers.
“Typhoon Mangkhut caused major floods and landslides,” Reiza Dejito, director of HI in the Philippines says. “People in rural areas are also very concerned about their rice and maize crops—their main sources of income—which have been badly damaged.
"HI emergency workers arrived in the north of the country on Monday to assess the needs of victims, particularly in terms of protection (shelter, etc.). We will then launch an emergency response in conjunction with our local partners. We also plan to distribute non-food kits to at least 2,000 households.”
Humanity & Inclusion in the Philippines
Present in the Philippines for more than 30 years, HI regularly works with people affected by natural disasters in the archipelago and launched a large-scale response to Typhoon Haiyan in November 2013, which affected more than 14 million people and claimed more than 6,000 lives. Three victims of Typhoon Haiyan recall how they coped with the tragedy. Learn more about our work in the Philippines.