Goto main content

Super Typhoon Rai: HI ready to take action

Emergency
Philippines

An exceptionally intense typhoon passed through the centre of the Philippine archipelago on Thursday. Humanity & Inclusion’s teams in the country are preparing to move into the affected areas.

Image satellite du Typhon Rai (Odette) le 16/12/2021. // Satellite image of the Typhoon storm Rai on the 16th of December 2021.

Satellite image of the Typhoon storm Rai on the 16th of December 2021. | © HI / Cyclocane

Several tens of thousands of people have been forced to leave their homes to seek shelter as super typhoon Rai made landfall. Bringing with it winds of up to 200 kmph, the typhoon hit several islands in the middle of the day. Large swathes of inhabited areas are at a direct risk of flooding, landslides and the destruction of infrastructure.

Humanity & Inclusion (HI)’s teams on the ground are preparing to get out to the affected areas as soon as circumstances allow. In this type of situation, the aim is to very rapidly assess the needs of the population, particularly the most vulnerable, in order to determine what type of assistance to provide most urgently.

Preparing for disasters

HI has been a leading natural disaster response actor for several years. In 2020, the organisation was involved in the emergency response to typhoon Rolly-Goni and this year a study of landslides was carried out with a range of partners to better understand and prepare for the phenomenon. HI will also launch a project in 2022 to review the country’s disaster preparedness and alert mechanisms.

The Philippine archipelago is one of the most disaster-prone regions in the world. Typhoons are a common occurrence and their after-effects - landslides, flooding, and flash floods - are devastating.
Typhoon Haiyan, which hit the Philippines in November 2013, claimed 8,000 lives and impacted nearly 15 million people.  
In the last twenty years, over 31,000 people have been killed and 98 million people affected by natural disasters in the country.

Date published: 18/12/21

COUNTRIES

Where we work

Read more

Sierra Leone: providing emergency care to severe burn survivors
©
Emergency Rehabilitation

Sierra Leone: providing emergency care to severe burn survivors

In Sierra Leone, Humanity & Inclusion assists survivors of a fuel tank explosion by facilitating their identification and access to specialised rehabilitation services.

Surviving a bombing is a miracle
© HI
Emergency Explosive weapons

Surviving a bombing is a miracle

Anfal is a mental health worker with Humanity & Inclusion in Iraq. She used to live in Mosul, which was bombed in 2017. Anfal and her family survived an airstrike that hit their house. 

Philippines: Emergency aid to typhoon survivors
© M. Ruiz / HI
Emergency

Philippines: Emergency aid to typhoon survivors

In Surigao, Philippines, Humanity & Inclusion distributes hygiene kits and multi-purpose cash assistance to families affected by typhoon Rai in December.

FOLLOW US