Francine Uenuma 202.450.9153 (M)
Manila, Philippines (August 11, 2013) — As the Philippines braces for the imminent arrival of Typhoon Utor, aid workers from Save the Children are on high alert and stand ready to meet the needs of children affected by the storm, if there is a need for a humanitarian response.
The typhoon is expected to pound the country's northern Luzon region on Monday morning, bringing high winds, heavy rains and possible landslides. Already families living in vulnerable locations have been advised to evacuate, clearing low-lying and mountainous area where the typhoon is expected to hit.
Save the Children's Anna Lindenfors in the nation's capital Manila said, "The entire Luzon region is braced for heavy winds and rains as the typhoon draws closer. Save the Children is monitoring the situation closely. We have trained staff and partners on the ground ready to mount a response, and pre-made aid packages to distribute if needed. Save the Children knows from experience that children are always the most vulnerable in a disaster and we stand ready to respond to their needs."
Save the Children has been working in the Philippines since 1981 and has a long 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, and most recently to last year's Typhoon Bopha and Manila floods.
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