HI readies teams to assess the needs of people affected by Typhoon Goni
An HI team is preparing to travel to the areas worst affected by Typhoon Goni, which made landfall in the eastern Philippines on 1st November.
Satellite image of the Super-typhoon Goni / Rolly approaching the Philippines - October 31, 2020 - Satellite image Himawari-8. | © Himawari-8/JMA/NOAA
The most violent typhoon to hit the Philippines archipelago this year, Goni has killed at least 16 people and caused extensive damage.
HI has set up a five-strong team to determine the impact of the storm, supported remotely by other HI staff members. The team plans to visit several provinces - Albay and Sorsogon – where it will assess humanitarian needs and access issues in the affected areas and decide on our response options.
Winds of over 225 km/h
The most powerful typhoon so far this year, Typhoon Goni hit the Philippine coast in Bicol region at around 5 am on 1st November with winds of over 225 kilometres per hour gusting to 280 kilometres per hour. Several provinces in the archipelago were hit by violent wind and rain.
Half of houses in region damaged
At least 16 people have died as a result of the typhoon and material damage is great. Some 25 million people live in the worst-affected areas, and roughly 70 million live in sectors slightly less affected, where many families already live in highly precarious conditions.
According to a partner organisation of HI, at least half of houses in the Catanduanes region have been damaged. Floods have also destroyed bridges and blocked roads. The storm left almost 150 municipalities without power and disrupted water supplies elsewhere. In the province of Catanduanes, Bicol region, communications were only restored on Monday and authorities have warned of food shortages.
Assess the extent of the damage
Over the coming hours and days, HI’s teams and partners will assess the extent of the damage and the needs of the most vulnerable families before deciding on what action to take.