Action Against Hunger on standby to respond to Philippines Typhoon Hagupit

The projected path of Typhoon Hagupit
The projected path of Typhoon Hagupit

Action Against Hunger teams are on standby in the Philippines ahead of typhoon Hagupit, which is expected to reach land on Saturday in the Bicol and Eastern Visayas regions.

We have evacuated staff from Eastern Samar to Tacloban where the organization has vehicles and emergency stock ready to be mobilized, if necessary.

“In the last few hours, via television and radio broadcasts, the Government has warned families living near the coast to seek refuge in churches, schools and other public infrastructure,” said Iñigo Ranz, an Action Against Hunger logistician currently in Tacloban. “But there are thousands of people in remote villages without access to information and without the economic means to move.”

Should the typhoon make land with the power predicted, we will immediately deploy a logistician, two water and sanitation specialists, a food security technician and a specialist in psychological and social support to the affected areas.

"The evolution of the typhoon is still unclear,” said Ranz. “All we know is that it is moving very slowly and if it maintains the intensity of a level five storm at this pace this could be devastating, because it would be over land for several hours.”

Action Against Hunger is still working to help communities rebuild their lives following the super typhoon Haiyan (Yolanda) that hit this area 13 months ago (though it largely affected Leyte Island), affecting 14 million Filipinos. We have helped more than half a million people in five provinces, repairing water and sanitation systems, supporting families to recover their livelihoods and monitoring and bolstering nutrition and psychological support to those who were affected.

"The Philippines is hit by more than 20 typhoons each year”, said Monica Acosta, of Action Against Hunger in the Philippines. “Climate change is increasing the recurrence and intensity of these extreme events, so it is crucial we lend our support to the authorities in building a strong disaster preparedness and resilience strategy among the population.”