Super Typhoon Goni (know locally as Rolly), the world’s strongest storm this year, left a trail of destruction through the Philippines. With peak winds reaching 195 mph, the storm was comparable to Super Typhoon Haiyan, which killed about 6,000 people in 2013. Goni missed the Manila region but left more than 100 cities and towns without electricity. The storm has affected about 1.2 million people and displaced over 220,000, with many now in evacuation centers. The storm came on the heels of two other typhoons and as the country struggles with one of the region’s worst coronavirus outbreaks. The assessment of the damage includes 220 villages flooded and more than 14,200 totally damaged homes.
Typhoon Ulysses (Vamco): As of November 23, more than 4,079,000 individuals (over 995,000 families) in more than 6,600 Barangays in Regions I, II and III have been impacted by Vamco. There are nearly 140,000 individuals (34,000 families) being supported by 670 evacuations centers and an additional 83,000 individuals (19,000 families) being supported outside of traditional evacuations centers. It has been reported there have been a total of 73 fatalities, 69 injured and 19 still missing. Roads are still heavily impacted due to the severe flooding and landslides, more than 150 cities/municipalities experiencing power outages and over 98,000 homes have been reported has either totally or partially damaged.
The Philippines Team is responding to both storms. They are distributing PPE and hygiene kits, initially targeting at least 500 families as well as at least 500 COVID vulnerable individuals. The Philippines Team has deployed three global roster members to Camarines Sur to carry out additional assessments in conjunction with the Ministry of Health as well as distribute hygiene kits, PPE pouch kits (masks, gloves, hand rub), medicine and aqua tabs. More hygiene kits and other supplies are being procured and distributed in the wake of Typhoon Vamco. The team is also conducting hygiene COVID-19 IPC awareness trainings for health workers and survivors. All this is being done following all the local and national COVID guidelines for our team as well as the survivors/partners.