|Save the Children Launches Emergency Response as Typhoon Bopha Batters the Philippines|
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|Women and children arriving in the evacuation center in Camaman-an Elementary School. More than 170 families have now taken refuge in the school in Cagayan de Oro. There are about 1000 evacuation centers across Mindanao. Save the Children photo.
WESTPORT, Conn., (Dec. 5, 2012) — More than 200 lives have been lost and an estimated 36,000 children and families have sought shelter in evacuation shelters after Typhoon Bopha inflicted heavy flooding and winds of up to 210 km/h on the southern Philippines, says Save the Children.
Especially hard-hit is the island of Mindanao, still recovering from Typhoon Washi, which struck a year ago and killed more than 1,000 people. "Many of the children in Mindanao are just coming to terms with the devastating aftermath of Typhoon Washi," said Anna Lindenfors from Save the Children in the Philippines. "To have experienced another typhoon of such magnitude is very frightening."
Save the Children has rapid assessment teams on the ground and has deployed humanitarian response resources to the region, providing emergency services, water and sanitation supplies, and is coordinating with local partners to protect children affected by the storm. Save the Children is working to address the immediate needs of families displaced by Typhoon Bopha, as well as planning for long-term recovery efforts.
The Philippine local and national governments, assisted by international NGOs, are grappling with the impact of Bopha, launching search and rescue efforts for those who are still missing and addressing critical infrastructure outages.
Save the Children has been working in the Philippines since 1981 and has decades of experience responding to emergencies in the Philippines. The aid agency mounted large-scale emergency responses to Typhoon Washi in 2011 and Typhoon Ketsana in 2009.
Prone to natural hazards such as landslides and floods, the Philippines experience an average of 20 tropical storms a year and is located in a major earthquake zone where there are also active volcanoes.
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