Aid Workers Deployed to Meet Needs of Children and Their Families
Francine Uenuma 202.450.9153
WASHINGTON, D.C. (November 7, 2013) — A super typhoon packing winds of up to 155 miles per hour and presently headed for densely populated parts of the Philippines is a threat to life and property, warns Save the Children.
With a history of responding to emergencies in the Philippines, Save the Children has already deployed a rapid response team to meet the needs of children in the city of Tacloban, where the super typhoon is expected to hit hardest.
"Typhoons bring with it strong winds and heavy rain, which can cause flash flooding and extensive damage to infrastructure. Thousands of children and their families could be made homeless as houses are damaged or destroyed," said Save the Children's Lynette Lim, who joins the rapid response team in Tacloban today.
"We're especially concerned about children as they are smaller and more easily swept away in floods, killed by collapsing buildings or hit with flying debris. As the storm is expected to take place during the day but then move across the country during the night, their parents may be out at work so children may not know where to go or what to do."
The super typhoon is expected to make landfall off the coast of Eastern Visayas on Friday as a category five storm packing winds of up to 155 miles per hour along with extremely heavy rainfall and a dangerous storm surge. Category five is the strongest possible typhoon.
Ten million people are estimated to be in the path of path of Typhoon Haiyan. Save the Children has pre-positioned relief material kits for children and families, which will include toiletries, household cleaning items, temporary school tents and learning materials.
The last category five storm to hit the Philippines was Typhoon Bopha, which caused widespread devastation, uprooting trees, destroying thousands of homes and killing at least 1,000 people.
Save the Children has been working in the Philippines since 1981, responding to dozens of emergencies across the country. Save the Children mounted large-scale emergency responses to Typhoon Washi in 2011, Typhoon Bopha and Manila floods last year and most recently to Typhoon Utor in September which pummelled Luzon, ripping roofs off houses and affecting nearly 400,000 people.
How You Can Help Survivors of Typhoon Haiyan
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