Typhoon Mangkhut, which made landfall in the northern Philippines on September 14, has killed more than 60 people and affected nearly one million others. Some 50 people are still missing. Present in the Philippines since 1985, HI has dispatched emergency experts to the northern Cordillera region to assess the needs of typhoon victims.
"Today we visited the district of Liwan West and Pinukpuk,” explains Pierre-Louis Bercion, HI’s basic needs coordinator in Philippines. “There are a lot of uprooted trees and damaged houses, but the farms have taken the biggest hit: a lot of rice and maize plantations have been destroyed, just a month before harvest time. For people in rural areas, who live mainly off the land, it’s a disaster.”
Florabel, 37, a mother of two, lives in Liwan. “We mostly live off our land,” she says. “The day after the typhoon hit, nearly half of our crops were destroyed. We’re really worried.”
HI will continue its assessment mission, identifying other families affected by the typhoon, and preparing for a possible emergency response, in conjunction with local partners.
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.