Recent Emergency Response Activity
Our Philippines team is still responding to the eruption of the Taal Volcano in Talisay, Philippines, which began spewing ash on January 12. Tens of thousands were forced to flee as a major eruption threatens and the team is providing support and supplies for those displaced.
Other immediate responses include a major Dengue Outbreak. Over 200,000 cases have been reported and the number of deaths reported is nearly 1,000 with the most affected age group from 5-9. The Philippines team has been coordinating response efforts with the government and department of health. The response has focused primarily on prevention efforts in the face of a mosquito borne disease.
In December, Americares responded to Typhoon Kammuri (Tisov), sending a team to support medical missions and provide relief supplies. The storm (equivalent to a Category 4) struck Luzon Province and affected nearly 2 million people.
Previously the Americares Philippines team mounted a relief effort after Super Typhoon Mangkhut (known as Ompong locally) which struck the Philippines with 180 mph winds as the most powerful storm of the season. The team provided emergency medical aid and humanitarian supplies in Northern Luzon.
In addition to emergency aid in other storms last year, Americares responded to the Mayon Volcano activity where 75,000 were evacuated and some sought shelter in nearly 50 evacuation centers.
And while emergency response operations go forward, our team continues our disaster preparedness project in Leyte Province as we work to help health facilities be ready for disasters.