Typhoon Mangkhut was the most powerful storm to strike the Philippines this year. At landfall in the northernmost island of Luzon on September 15, winds were clocked at over 125 mph.
According to assessments done by communities and local governments, Mangkhut destroyed 14,795 homes and damaged some 195,000 others. Schools and other public facilities were damaged. Floods and landslides destroyed thousands of acres of crops nearly ready for harvest.
Our teams began rushing pre-positioned relief supplies northward to affected communities as soon our staff reached Sulawesi. With our donors’ pooled support, we were able to provide:
2,887 plastic tarpaulins to families to make temporary roofs or walls at their damaged homes.
800 water kits (a jerry can and water purification tablets) benefitting 3,475 children and adults.
800 hygiene kits (shampoo, soap and other personal-care items), helping 3,475 people attend to basic hygiene needs, and to also help reduce children’s exposure to diseases.
In all distributions, we ensured that poor indigenous families who are frequently marginalized in their community received essential supplies. We worked closely with local community leaders so that these families were included in lists of recipients – lists that are also used by other aid groups to identify families for additional services and support.
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