TYPHOON HAIMA: SECOND, STRONGER STORM THREATENS PHILIPPINES THIS WEEK

Child rights and humanitarian organization Plan International Ireland is preparing for its second typhoon in just one week as an even stronger storm, Typhoon Haima (locally named Lawin), enters the Philippines area of responsibility today.


19 October 2016


1.9 million residents in Northern Philippines brace for ‘extremely dangerous’ Super Typhoon Haima (KarenPH)

Plan International preparing joint humanitarian response

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Manila (19 October) – Child rights and humanitarian organisation Plan International is preparing to respond as Super Typhoon Haima approaches the Philippines, bringing powerful winds, heavy rain, storm surges and the threat of flash flooding.

The typhoon is intensifying in strength and is expected to make landfall in the Cagayan region early morning tomorrow, Thursday 20 October. An estimated 1.9 million people living in three regions are in the direct path of the Typhoon.

Ernesto Almocera, Communications and Advocacy Manager for Plan International in the Philippines, says the region is prone to typhoons, but one of this size and scale has not been seen since Typhoon Haiyan in November 2013.

“This typhoon is headed for the same area that was hit by Typhoon Sarika on Monday, however that typhoon was relatively weak in comparison. Haima is now categorised as a super typhoon with a sustained wind strength of 210 kilometres per hour.

“It is not uncommon for the Philippines to get typhoons – we are expecting another 12 typhoons by December – but one of this strength and size is uncommon,” said Almocera.

As communities brace for the impact of Super Typhoon Haima, Plan International is preparing to respond alongside national government officials, non-government organizations, UN agencies and partners. Plan International is part of a multi-agency coordination effort to respond to the typhoon.

Once Typhoon Haima makes landfall, Plan International teams will deploy an emergency response team to affected areas and assess immediate needs.

Plan International will dispatch emergency supplies, including thousands of water, hygiene and shelter kits, to ensure that children and those most affected will have emergency shelter, water, and sanitation relief.

“Right now there are flashes of wind, but the rain is already strong,” says Ronald Martin, a farmer from Baggao Cagayan, a municipality in the path of Haima. “We were told about the rivers rising and where to go in case of evacuation,” said Martin.

Impact/Sustainability:

Plan has worked in the Philippines for more than 50 years, supporting marginalized children access their rights to health, education, livelihoods, disaster risk management and protection. Plan has responded to numerous emergencies across the disaster-prone country in the last five years providing food, medical supplies, health materials and psycho-social support. Most recently, Plan has responded to Typhoon Haiyan, one of the most powerful typhoons on record, made its first landfall near Guiuan municipality of Eastern Samar, Eastern Visayas region of the Philippines on November 8, 2013

 

Spokespersons from Plan International in the Philippines are available for comment and media requests.

To arrange, please contact:

Manila : Maryann Zamora, Communications Officer Email: mai.zamora@plan-international.org | Mobile +639478916511

Asia: Jessica Lomelin, Acting Regional Communications Manager Email : jessica.lomelin@plan-international.org | Mobile: +95 (0)94 5492 0754

Global: Kirsty Cameron, Global Press Officer Email: Kirsty.cameron@plan-international.org | Mobile: +44 (0) 7885 807503

About Plan International

Plan International is an independent development and humanitarian organisation that advances children’s rights and equality for girls. We believe in the power and potential of every child. But this is often suppressed by poverty, violence, exclusion and discrimination. And it’s girls who are most affected. Working together with children, young people, our supporters and partners, we strive for a just world, tackling the root causes of the challenges facing girls and all vulnerable children. We support children’s rights from birth until they reach adulthood. And we enable children to prepare for – and respond to – crises and adversity. We drive changes in practice and policy at local, national and global levels using our reach, experience and knowledge. We have been building powerful partnerships for children for over 75 years, and are now active in more than 70 countries.

About Plan International Philippines

Working in the Philippines since 1961, Plan International helps children to realise their rights to health care, education, protection, and a high quality of life. Plan International Philippines now works in over 400 villages within 30 municipalities in the provinces of Masbate, Occidental Mindoro, Northern Samar, Eastern Samar, Western Samar, and Southern Leyte.