Conn. (April 1, 2015) —
As millions of
families in the Philippines prepare to celebrate the long Easter holiday
weekend, pre-emptive evacuations are advised for families living in the
projected path of a super storm.
“This isn’t typhoon
season, and Save the Children is concerned about the millions of families,
particularly those with babies and young children, who will be traveling this
weekend to spend time with their loved ones at Easter,” said Ned Olney, country
director of Save the Children Philippines.
The ‘category five’
storm – called Typhoon Maysak – is expected to hit the island nation over the
next two to three days, bringing with it torrential rains, flash floods, and
gales of up to 183 kph.
“It's still too early
to know what this storm will do, but we ask everyone to heed safety warnings
and prepare as if this storm is going to be a big one,” said Olney. “Save the
Children is ready with staff and emergency supplies, if needed, to reach
as many people soon as possible in the aftermath of Typhoon Maysak.”
The agency has three
main warehouses in Luzon, Visayas, and Mindanao, fully stocked with emergency
relief items, including tarpaulins, cooking equipment, soap, and clean water
kits for 10,000 families. Three emergency response teams are also ready for
The Philippines is hit
by an average of 20 typhoons a year, with Typhoon Maysak the third of 2015.
Maysak was last
located 1,410 kilometers east of the Philippines in the Pacific Ocean, carrying
wind speeds of 175 kph. It is expected to initially strike the coast of Aurora
province, 143 miles northeast of the capital city Manila, on the main
Philippine island of Luzon, this Saturday or Sunday.
expected to weaken once it hits central or northern Luzon, the unseasonal
typhoon is expected to cause widespread destruction to essential services
across the country, including electricity and communications networks.
Aquino has put troops on high alert and instructed government disaster
officials in eastern Visayas and southern Luzon to prepare emergency food and
medical supplies for thousands of people.
How You Can Help
the Children has teams bracing for Typhoon Maysak as the monster storm
heads for the Philippines. We always prepare for the worst, but our hope at
this point is that the typhoon will have minimal impact on vulnerable children
and families. We need your generous gift to support our efforts in the Philippines
to prepare, respond, reduce the impact of disasters and help communities
recover from devastation. Ten percent of your contribution will be used to help
us prepare for the next emergency. Nobody knows when the next disaster will
strike, but your support helps Save the Children provide assistance in the
critical first hours and days of an emergency when children need us most.
Donate now to the Philippines Annual Monsoon and Typhoon
Children in Emergency Fund.
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