Press Release

18/10/2016

The Philippines braces for destructive winds up to 230km/h and deluge of rain as Typhoon Haima intensifies

warehouse photo The Philippines is preparing to weather its strongest storm so far this year, with destructive winds and flash flooding expected in the country’s north.

The Philippine weather bureau forecasts that Category 4 Typhoon Haima is set to make landfall in northeastern Luzon in the early hours of Thursday morning, by which time it is expected to be packing ferocious winds gusting at up to 230km/h.

“Typhoon Haima is bearing down on the northern Philippines and looks capable of causing significant damage to homes,  and community infrastructure,” warned Save the Children Country Director in the Philippines, Ned Olney.

“Save the Children is closely monitoring the storm as it tracks towards the country and we stand ready to respond if required. With such powerful winds and many homes situated along the coast, the potential for damage is high.”

Save the Children has large stockpiles of relief items located in warehouses across the country, including thousands of emergency shelter kits, hygiene kits, water and sanitation items, and essential household items.

“We are ready to respond immediately if required, and will be assessing the damage and humanitarian needs as soon as the storm has passed,” Mr. Olney said.

“We’re always really concerned about the impact of storms like Typhoon Haima on children, who are particularly vulnerable during emergencies.”

The aid agency has a long history responding to disasters in the Philippines, including typhoons Koppu in 2015, Hagupit in 2014 and Haiyan in 2013.


For media inquiries contact:

Joan Del Mundo (Manila) on +63 917 8733 448 or Joan.Delmundo@savethechildren.org  

April Sumaylo (currently in Bangkok) on +63 917 301 1240 or April.Sumaylo@savethechildren.org

Evan Schuurman (Bangkok) on +66 989 725 908 or via Evan.Schuurman@savethechildren.org