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Save the Children

November 07, 2013 10:55 ET

Super Typhoon Hayian, in the Philippines, Threatens Life and Shelter for a Significant Population

TORONTO, ONTARIO--(Marketwired - Nov. 7, 2013) - A super typhoon - with winds of up to 250 km/h - is presently headed for densely populated parts of the Philippines. This massive storm is an extreme threat to life and property.

Save the Children with its long history of responding to emergences in the Philippines, has already deployed a rapid response team to meet the needs of children in the city of Tacloban where the super typhoon is expected to hit hardest.

"Typhoons bring with it strong winds and heavy rain, which can cause flash flooding and extensive damage to infrastructure. Thousands of children and their families could be made homeless as houses from the extensive damage," said Save the Children's rapid response team member, Lynette Lim.

The super typhoon is expected to make landfall off the coast of Eastern Visayas on Friday, November 8, 2013, as a category five storm, which is strongest level typhoon. The heavy wind and rain will make it very dangerous for the ten million people who are estimated to be in the path of the Typhoon Hayian.

Save the Children has pre-positioned relief material kits for children and families, which will include toiletries, household cleaning items, temporary school tents and learning materials.

Save the Children has been working in the Philippines since 1981, responding to dozens of emergencies across the country. The aid agency mounted large-scale emergency responses to Typhoon Washi in 2011, Typhoon Bopha and Manila floods last year, and most recently to Typhoon Utor in September which pummelled Luzon, ripping roofs off houses and affecting nearly 400,000 people.

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Contact Information

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    Save the Children
    Kirsten Walkom, National Senior Manager
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