Francine Uenuma 202.450.9153 (M)
WASHINGTON, D.C. (December 4, 2014) - As Supertyphoon Hagupit barrels towards the Philippines with wind speeds of around 120 mph, Save the Children teams are preparing and positioning emergency supplies and getting ready to distribute aid to affected communities.
The storm is currently on course to hit on Saturday, December 6, and is heading to some of the areas devastated by last year’s Typhoon Haiyan, which was the strongest storm to ever make landfall.
In November last year, Haiyan killed more than 6,000 people and affected more than 14 million others. Communities affected have spent the last year coming to terms with the loss and horror they experienced, rebuilding their homes and finding new ways to earn their living. For many recovery is still a long way off and a new storm could plunge many families back into a desperate situation.
"This storm is heading for a community which is just beginning to recover from last year's super typhoon", said Ned Olney, Save the Children's Country Director for the Philippines. "For children this new emergency has already started. Evacuations, worried parents, suspension of classes will bring back traumatic memories of last year’s typhoon. Our priority now is to help ensure that communities heed the evacuation messages and get out of the storm’s path, while ensuring that our teams are ready to respond to the needs of affected communities afterwards.”
Save the Children's response teams have been sent to strategic points across the country, while trucks are being packed with emergency household, shelter and hygiene kits to distribute to families who may be affected by this new typhoon. Save the Children staff are on the ground and working in communities, disseminating safety messages and ensuring that they are ready for evacuation and that children understand what is going on.
"We’ve seen real progress this past year, but as we prepare for another supertyphoon we are desperately concerned about the potential devastation this will cause."
How To Help
Members of the general public are urged to give generously to support Save the Children’s Philippines Typhoon Relief Fund. Visit www.savethechildren.org/typhoon to donate online.
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