MANILA—Families in the Philippines are reeling today from the damage Typhoon Hagupit caused when it lashed their neighbourhoods yesterday, with winds gusting up to nearly 200kms per hour. The major Category 3 storm damaged many makeshift homes in the city of Tacloban, and the Catanduanes province declared a state of calamity. Power and communications have been knocked out, and roads have been blocked with debris.
More than 1 million people fled coastal areas and landslide-prone villages and took refuge in shelters as the storm made landfall Saturday night. News reports called the effort “one of the world’s biggest peacetime evacuations.” Initial estimates of storm-related deaths are very low, thanks in part to the large-scale evacuation, relief officials told reporters. The storm has not, however, cleared the Philippines yet.
The storm weakened slightly as it came ashore and turned slightly northwest, lessening the damage to areas devastated by Typhoon Haiyan slightly more than a year ago. However, many families have had their lives and businesses completely upended, and a disaster response is needed. Canadian Global Response partners have activated local assessment teams, which are evaluating the damage and identifying areas of need, particularly in locations that may not be reached by large-scaled relief efforts.
As the results of the typhoon’s impact are made known, the disaster has renewed a sense of urgency for volunteers to participate in the rebuilding process. With locals still recovering from Typhoon Haiyan’s devastation last year, fourteen Albertan CGR volunteers have already started to prepare themselves to spend two weeks in Tacloban to help rebuild.
Thank you for your willingness to help respond to Typhoon Hagupit. More information will be made available once the situation stabilizes. Anyone wishing to respond can help by donating to CGR’s Hagupit Typhoon fund through the donation button below, or selecting other giving options on our donation page.
Further information about the crisis and humanitarian relief efforts in the Philippines will be made available as soon as possible.