Facts & Figures: Typhoon Hagibis

Millions of families and children in Japan have been forced to evacuate as Typhoon Hagibis, a Category 5 super typhoon, made landfall south of Tokyo on Saturday, October 12, 2019. Fears of mass casualties are growing with reports of homes being buried or flooded.

While the deadly storm has since been downgraded to a tropical storm, it continues to move north bringing torrential rains, strong winds, landslides and fatal flooding.

Save the Children is ready to respond to the needs of family and children affected by the super storm in Japan.

FAQs: What you need to know about Typhoon Hagibis

What is the history of Save the Children’s response to typhoons in East Asia and South East Asia?

Save the Children has a long history of responding to natural disasters, including those in the Philippines, Japan and Indonesia.

After Super Typhoon Haiyan, one of the most powerful storms ever recorded, our emergency response teams were among the first on the ground providing emergency relief.

Killing more than 6,000 people, Typhoon Haiyan made landfall in the Philippines on November 8, 2013. A massive trail of devastation was left in its wake, leaving buildings and roads crumbled, fishing boats wrecked, and millions of families homeless. With the region’s natural resources decimated, many vulnerable families were left unable to earn an income.

After the water subsided, Save the Children remained, supporting the rebuilding of homes and livelihoods of over 1 million people, including 826,000 children.

Learn more about Save the Children’s work in the Philippines.

More than seven years have passed since the devastating Great East Japan Earthquake and Tsunami that destroyed the northeastern coast of Japan on March 11, 2011. Thousands of families lost everything – their homes, their livelihoods, their schools – and countless lost family members and friends.

Save the Children provided emergency supplies to families impacted by the devastating disaster, as well as opened child-friendly spaces to provide children who had lost their homes, their schools and their sense of security an opportunity to feel safe again and play with other children.

Save the Children has been working in Indonesia since 1976, and has a long history responding to humanitarian disasters in the country, including the recent earthquakes in Sulawesi and Lombok as well as the 2004 Boxing Day tsunami.

September 2019 marked one year after a devastating 7.5 magnitude earthquake struck central Sulawesi. Since then, our teams have provided children and families with vital healthcare, shelter, water and hygiene supplies. We’ve set up clinics, built temporary schools and provided shelter. Thanks to the generosity of our supporters, emergency responders have helped more than 70,000 children.

Learn more about Save the Children’s work in Indonesia.

How does Save the Children help families and children impacted by natural disasters?

Children are always most vulnerable during a crisis and in the midst of a natural disaster like Typhoon Hagibis. While no one knows when the next earthquake, flood or typhoon will strike, we do know children are severely affected by natural disasters. They also suffer greatly during conflict, drought and disease outbreaks.

Save the Children’s natural disaster response and emergency response programs help protect vulnerable boys and girls during disasters and their aftermath.

How can I help children and families impacted by an emergency?

Children should be protected in the aftermath of disaster and in the midst of war. That's why Save the Children is working to help children living in crisis and conflict. You can help us serve children in the U.S. and around the world.

Donate to the Children's Emergency Fund today.


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