Typhoon Mangkhut made landfall in the Phillippines early morning, local time, on Saturday, September 15th as a Category 5 hurricane. This was the strongest storm anywhere on the planet in 2018, with wind speeds at one stage of 285 kph. World Vision (WV) staff have reported that as of 6pm on Saturday local time, approximately 137, 950 people were impacted.
“We are desperately concerned for the lives and safety of 10 million people living within the 900km diameter of Typhoon Mangkhut,” said Rommel Fuerte, National Director at World Vision Philippines. “World Vision staff have been deployed on the ground ready to respond. This typhoon is likely to cause huge devastation. Millions of children’s lives are at risk.”
World Vision is in close coordination with local government units and other agencies to monitor the situation on the ground and determine the level of support.
Typhoon Mangkhut is the strongest storm to make landfall on the Philippines' northern island of Luzon since Super Typhoon Megi in 2010. In preparation World Vision’s rapid assessment team is already in North Luzon to monitor situation on the ground, coordinate with local government units and partner agencies where approximately 30 million people are expected to face tropical storm-force winds.
Although World Vision has pre-positioned items that can initially cater to 4,000 families, the need will be great. The emergency supplies in place include: hygiene kits (toothbrush, toothpaste, laundry and bath soaps, sanitary pads, nail cutter, underwear) and non-food items like blankets, mats and mosquito nets.
You will help vulnerable children and their families affected by this crisis and others like it with life-saving essentials like food, hygiene kits, and more.