Typhoon Mangkhut, the strongest storm so far worldwide in 2018, recently slammed into northeast Luzon—the Philippines’ largest and most populated island—reportedly producing waves reaching almost 30 feet high, causing excessive flooding, resulting in more than 40 landslides, killing hundreds of people and displacing hundreds of thousands more.
International Medical Corps’ Emergency Response Team responded immediately, meeting in Manila with first responders, government disaster-management authorities and partner agencies to assess the most critical needs and plan movements into the areas of greatest need. We also are mobilising a shipment of non-food supplies to distribute in and around evacuation centres to families unable to return home due to heavy damage, mudslides or road closures.
As part of a complete response plan, International Medical Corps is now conducting field assessments in the most-affected areas. Based on initial information from the World Health Organization and Philippine Red Cross, many health facilities have suffered structural damage and will require rehabilitation. International Medical Corps will identify the most densely populated area where health facilities are inoperable, and develop plans to resume service and to repair structures that have been damaged.
We also are working with our partners and team from 2013’s catastrophic Typhoon Haiyan, when International Medical Corps teams provided a comprehensive emergency response in the country. Within the first six weeks of our response, we delivered more than 14,500 health consultations to reach those suffering from acute and chronic medical conditions.
Though much work has been done, needs and numbers are expected to rise, as many communities have not yet been reached. Check this page frequently for updates—and to find out how you can help.
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Typhoon Mangkhut Fast Facts:
*Super Typhoon Mangkhut—locally known as Ompong—boasted sustained winds of more than 120 miles per hour.
*According to the Philippines’ Disaster Response Operations Monitoring and Information Center (DROMIC), more than 2.1 million people in 31 provinces were affected by the storm.
*According to media reports, the storm and resulting landslides have killed hundreds of people and damaged more than 117,000 houses; the risk of landslides and flooding remains high.
*International Medical Corps was on the ground in the Philippines within 24 hours of 2013’s Typhoon Haiyan, which killed more than 6,000 people and left widespread devastation affecting an estimated 16 million more.