Typhoon Noul Barrels Towards Philippines Packing Winds of Up to 115mph
Fairfield, Connecticut (May 9, 2015) — The Philippines is bracing for the arrival of Typhoon Noul, which is expected to pummel the northeast of the island of Luzon on Sunday morning before moving north to Japan.
Aside from possible storm surges, officials are warning heavy rain could cause flows of mud and debris around Mt Bulusan, a volcano that has been spewing ashes this week.
Ned Olney, Country Director of Save the Children Philippines said, “This is the fourth typhoon to hit the Philippines since the start of the year and it’s not even the typhoon season yet.
“It is extremely important that communities are prepared at all times because of these changes in weather patterns. For Save the Children, this means preparing our emergency response teams and relief supplies all year round for any possible disaster.”
Save the Children is monitoring the typhoon and is extremely experienced in responding to disasters in the Philippines. The aid agency have teams of staff ready to deploy to affected areas and are ready to mount a humanitarian response if required.
The northern part of the Philippines is known for being susceptible to flooding and landslides, and areas particularly at risk of Typhoon Noul include the provinces of Aurora, Isabela, Nueva Ecija and Cagayan.
Save the Children has been responding to emergencies in the Philippines since 2009, and remains one of the leading responders in the aftermath Typhoon Haiyan in 2013, which affected more than 14 million people in Eastern Visayas.
Save the Children Philippines has also sent relief supplies to Nepal for more than 2,000 families affected by the earthquake.
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