Over ten thousand families in the northern part of the Philippines have evacuated as Typhoon Mangkhut moves closer to land. An estimated five million people will be affected who are mostly farmers and fisherfolks. The northern part of Cagayan province is already experiencing strong winds and heavy rains.
There is potential for flooding, landslides as well as wind damage to properties in the areas that will be affected by the typhoon. Local authorities advise areas to be affected by Typhoon Mangkhut to prepare for possible storm surges, floods, and landslides.
Mangkhut is expected to make landfall in Cagayan-Isabela area early Saturday morning (local time). The storm surge prone areas of Cagayan and Isabela may expect up to six meters of surge.
CARE is responding
CARE immediately mobilized and deployed an assessment team. The team is already in Cagayan and joined by our national partners on the ground. The team has some shelter repair items with them (ropes, roof sealants, duct tapes) for immediate assistance as needed. They also have supplies of water, food and satellite phones with them.
CARE is concerned for women and girls, who are usually most affected during emergencies. We also give importance to the needs of the highly vulnerable groups. CARE also works to get data and information that will reflect the needs of women, girls and other vulnerable groups.
Mangkhut is the strongest typhoon to hit the Philippines this year. It is the country’s 15th tropical cyclone for 2018. The country usually gets an average of 20 tropical cyclones a year.
CARE has emergency response experience in Cagayan province and previously provided food packs and shelter repair assistance in the area after Typhoon Haima in December 2016 with support from the Government of Canada.
CARE has spokespeople available in the Philippines. Contact:
Communications Specialist | CARE Canada
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