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STATUSCrisis Alert DATESeptember 14, 2018 REGIONPhilippines

Typhoon Mangkhut

Super Typhoon Strikes Philippines

ompong damage

The destructive power of a super typhoon as it levels a family home.

Super Typhoon Mangkhut (known as Ompong locally) struck the Philippines with 180 mph winds as the most powerful storm of the season.  After tearing through Guam and the Marshall Islands, the massive storm made landfall in northern Luzon killing dozens of people and forcing tens of thousands to flee their homes, Americares dispatched a medical team to impacted areas.  After meeting with local officials, the team distributed generators, newborn kits of medical supplies and cleaning supplies to the Rural Health Unit and Birthing Center which was partially damaged due to Mangkhut. Cleaning kits were also provided to the partially damaged Baggao District Hospital. The emergency medical team has also been treating survivors.

generator delivery

Americares Philippines team delivering generator.

At present, Americares has two Emergency Response teams operating in affected regions including worst hit, Cagayan Valley. The teams are focused on the distribution of relief supplies and conducting Psychological First Aid services in evacuation shelters for the displaced in addition to continued medical outreach.

Medical Team treats storm survivor

 Medical team examines typhoon survivor whose family lost their home in the storm.