Go to main content

The Philippines threatened by typhoon Haima

Emergency
Philippines

Typhoon Haima is forecast to hit the Philippines on  Wednesday 19th to Thursday 20th October, affecting thousands of people. Handicap International's teams are preparing to cope with the potential disaster.

Destruction caused by typhoon Haiyan in November 2013.

Destruction caused by typhoon Haiyan in November 2013. | © B. Blondel/Handicap International

After typhoon Sarika struck the Philippines on Saturday 15th October, affecting more than 8,000 people, leading to the displacement of thousands, and causing serious flooding, the country is now preparing for the arrival of typhoon Haima, set to hit on Wednesday 19th to Thursday 20th October.

Having formed over the Pacific Ocean, the typhoon has rapidly intensified with winds of up to 128 kph, and could reach category 4 or 5 on the Saffir-Simpson hurricane wind scale as it passes over the north of the Philippines, potentially affecting thousands of people.  

Handicap International has been working in the Philippines for over 30 years and its teams are on standby, ready to provide assistance to the most vulnerable people in the event of a disaster. Assessment missions will be carried out after the hurricane hits to identify the worst-affected areas and populations.

“When a typhoon hits, the strong winds either partially or entirely destroy people's homes," explains Eric Weerts, rehabilitation and emergency response expert for Handicap International.

“Metal roofs are blown off, stones fall, houses and infrastructure are destroyed, with the risk of causing serious injury to the local population, in particular in urban areas with a high population density."

Handicap International has extensive experience of supporting populations affected by natural disasters in the Philippines. The organisation has been working alongside local communities and authorities to implement disaster preparedness measures to ensure the most vulnerable populations, in particular people with disabilities, are properly taken into account.

Over the last two weeks Handicap International's emergency teams have been active in Haiti, one of the poorest countries in the world, following the recent hurricane. The organisation also delivered a major operation in the Philippines in the wake of typhoon Haiyan in November 2013, which affected 14 million people and left 6,000 people dead.

Where we work

Read more

HI is helping over 85,000 Rohingya refugees in Bangladesh
© Abir Abdullah/HI
Emergency Rehabilitation

HI is helping over 85,000 Rohingya refugees in Bangladesh

Two years after the mass influx of Rohingya refugees into Bangladesh, Humanity & Inclusion is still conducting emergency response work in the country.

Long term support for the victims of the war in Syria
© O. van den Broeck/HI
Emergency Rehabilitation

Long term support for the victims of the war in Syria

Humanity & Inclusion's teams are continuing their support for injured and traumatised Syrian refugees in Jordan, thanks to support from players of People’s Postcode Lottery.

Western Mosul: ghost town
© Fanny Mraz / HI
Emergency Rehabilitation

Western Mosul: ghost town

Between October 2016 and July 2017, Mosul, in Nineveh province, was the scene of heavy fighting. The intensive use of explosive weapons such as bombs and improvised mines was particularly destructive in the western half of the city. More than 500,000 people are still displaced in camps.