Save the Children Launches Emergency Relief Effort in the Philippines

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WESTPORT, Conn. (October 3, 2011) — Back-to-back typhoons in the Philippines have displaced hundreds of thousands and killed close to 60 people. Save the Children staff is working in five hard-hit eastern provinces, assessing the damage and distributing relief supplies.

Typhoon Nalgae hit the main island of Luzon four days after Typhoon Nesat pounded the country with 100 mile per hour winds that caused more than $200 million in damage. Nesat was the 16th typhoon to hit the archipelago nation this year, and it was considered one of the strongest. With the ground already saturated, Typhoon Nalgae flooded streets and left thousands stranded on rooftops.

Flood waters remain in many areas and residents are unable to access food, clean water and medicine. Hundreds of evacuation centers — set up in schools and sports stadiums — are hosting more than 100,000 thousand displaced Filipinos. Many centers don’t have sanitation facilities to accommodate the large numbers of people.

"Even though the typhoons have passed, many Filipinos are still homeless because of the flood water," said Sonia Khush, Save the Children’s director of emergencies. "Our teams on the ground say that people need water, food and basic household items. Many people have had all their possessions swept away and crop land destroyed."

Save the Children distributed 200 jerry cans with 5 gallons of purified water and more than 200 hygiene kits in villages in Bulacan province. In the coming days, Save the Children will distribute household and back to school kits. More than 110,000 students from public elementary and high schools have been affected by severe flooding.

Government data from local health centers in Bulacan found an increasing number of children have fever and skin rashes because of prolonged exposure to flood waters.

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