Philippines-based Emergency Response Team Activated
55,554 People|Potential for floods|Evacuation centres
International Medical Corps is preparing to respond in The Philippines to Typhoon Koppu as it slowly moved across the main island of Luzon on Sunday and Monday, bringing heavy rain and the potential for floods and landslides.
International Medical Corps prepositioned medical mobile kits and water / sanitation / hygiene supplies in advance of the storm. It is also coordinating with the Philippines government, UN agencies and other local and international relief groups. Its team of WASH specialists, a medical doctor, nurses, and logistician are preparing to conduct assessments of the affected areas and deliver relief.
Koppu, known locally as Lando, reached super typhoon strength as it came ashore early Sunday, ripping the roofs off buildings and uprooting trees in the province of Aurora. Roads and communications have been cut off, with power out in 22 towns and two cities, authorities said. So far about 55,554 people had taken shelter in evacuation centres, but the Philippines' disaster management agency said that number is expected to rise.
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