Super Typhoon Mangkhut, known locally in the Philippines as Ompong, is among the world’s strongest storms of 2018. Here’s what you need to know about the dangerous typhoon and how to help people in its path.
1. Typhoon Mangkhut made landfall on Saturday in the Philippines.
The storm hit Baggao in the northeast province of Cagayan and triggered more than 40 landslides, killing dozens of people. It then made its way to south China, causing massive flooding in Hong Kong.
2. Mangkhut is one of the strongest storms of the year.
With 125-mph winds, a 550-mile circumference, and 20-foot storm surges, Typhoon Mangkhut is the strongest storm to put people at risk in 2018.
Source: New York Times
3. Typhoons and hurricanes are the same dangerous weather phenomenon.
The only difference between a hurricane and a typhoon is the storm’s location. In the North Atlantic, central North Pacific, and eastern North Pacific, the term hurricane is used. The same type of disturbance in the Northwest Pacific is called a typhoon.
4. Typhoon Mangkhut impacted more than five million people.
A government official estimates the storm impacted 5.7 million people in the Philippines. Now, distributing rice and other emergency supplies to the hardest-hit areas is a major concern, he said, because of deadly flooding and mudslides.
Source: New York Times
5. Cash is the best way to help people in need after a disaster like Typhoon Mangkhut.
Why? Survivors’ needs vary greatly from disaster to disaster and even day to day. You can learn more about how to help people affected by Typhoon Mangkhut in this infographic, which you can also download and share on social media.
Source: GlobalGiving + USAID Center for International Disaster Information
6. GlobalGiving partners are already on the ground in the Philippines, delivering food, hygiene kits, and emergency services to people in Typhoon Mangkut’s path.
Farmers whose crops were destroyed by Mangkhut will receive vegetable seeds and fertilizer from The Association for Locally Empowered Youth in Northern Mindanao. Children in coastal communities at risk of disaster-related illness will receive hygiene kits and access to medical care from Save the Children Federation. Moms will receive prenatal care from Mercy In Action Vineyard in a safe and restored clinic. Your support of GlobalGiving’s Typhoon Mangkhut Relief Fund will support these and other critical projects helping people in the Philippines recover from the world’s strongest storm this year.
Make a donation today to the Typhoon Mangkhut Relief Fund to support vetted organizations on the front line. The Disaster Recovery Network at GlobalGiving will ensure your gift reaches those most in need now and over the long haul, as the Philippines recover.
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Featured Photo: Typhoon Mangkhut Food Security Project by Association for Locally Empowered Youth in Northern Mindanao