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Super Typhoon Haima in the Philippines: CARE prepares emergency team, prepositions relief items

Super Typhoon Haima (locally known as Lawin) continues to strengthen and will be hitting Northern Luzon, Philippines with heavy rains and strong winds.

An estimated 2.7 million people will be affected by Haima in several provinces in northern part of the country. The typhoon is expected to make landfall late Wednesday to early Thursday morning local time.

In its bulletin issued 8 pm on Wednesday (local time), state weather bureau PAGASA said Haima now has maximum winds of up to 225 kilometres per hour (km/h) and gustiness of up to 315 km/h. Moderate to heavy rain is expected within Haima's 800-km diameter.

According to PAGASA, the storm is a “super typhoon” and may cause storm surges in coastal communities and landslides and flashfloods in upland and low-lying areas. In PAGASA classification, a super typhoon has maximum winds of at least 220 km/h.

CARE is closely monitoring the typhoon situation and coordinating with UNOCHA, the National Disaster Risk Reduction & Management Council and international non-government organization networks in Manila.

CARE has activated its emergency response team and mobilized partner organizations located in areas to be affected by the typhoon (Cagayan, Ilocos and Cordillera). CARE and its partners Citizen’s Disaster Response Center, Cordillera Disaster Response and Development Services and Ilocos Center for Research, Empowerment and Development have started prepositioning food packs and non-food items.

“Our emergency team and our partner organizations are ready to carry out rapid assessments in affected areas and provide relief assistance,” said David Gazashvili, CARE Philippines’ country director.

“Typhoon Haima is reported to be strong and may cause significant damage in infrastructure and livelihoods. Our partners are also helping disseminate information in communities to prepare for this typhoon.”

CARE has provided emergency food packs yesterday in communities heavily affected by typhoon Sarika in Central Luzon region, which struck earlier this week, and also conducted information sharing in communities about taking precautionary measures for approaching typhoon Haima.

CARE has already responded to three emergencies in this area since November 2015, and has established linkages with communities and local government units.

With the support of the Government of Canada, CARE continues to help communities affected by devastating Typhoon Haiyan (Yolanda), which struck the island nation in November 2013.

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CARE has spokespeople available in the Philippines and Canada. To arrange an interview, contact:

Darcy Knoll
Communications Specialist | CARE Canada
darcy.knoll@care.ca | +1.613.790.2134

For media requests between 10:30pm-6:00am EST, you may also contact:

Dennis Amata
Information and Communications Manager | CARE Philippines
dennis.amata@care.org | +63905 275 3752

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