Update: Philippines Typhoon Megi

  1. A family salvages belongings after their house is damaged when Typhoon Megi hit Ilagan City, Isabela province. (image: REUTERS/Stringer, courtesy www.alertnet.org)
  2. Baguio City, north of Manila, is flooded after Typhoon Megi swept water across the north of the country. (image: REUTERS/Stringer, courtesy www.alertnet.org)
  3. A resident looks for valuable items in his damaged house after Typhoon Megi hit the town of Ilagan, Isabela province. (image: REUTERS/Stringer, courtesy www.alertnet.org)
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  5. A man salvages wood from his house that was damaged after strong winds brought on by typhoon Megi. (image: REUTERS/Stringer, courtesy www.alertnet.org)
  6. Displaced families are temporarily sheltered at a sports complex, serving as an evacuation centre. (image: REUTERS/Stringer, courtesy www.alertnet.org)
  7. A resident looks for valuable items at her damaged house after Typhoon Megi hit the town of Ilagan, Isabela province, north of the capital, Manila. (image: REUTERS/Stringer, courtesy www.alertnet.org)
  8. The Philippines declared a state of calamity in the northern Isabela province after super typhoon Megi (known locally as ‘Juan’) hit on Monday 18 October. (image: REUTERS/Stringer, courtesy www.alertnet.org)

Typhoon Megi hit the northern provinces of the Philippines and veered out to sea, leaving behind damaged roads, bridges, crops, and disrupted electricity and communication networks, and at least 27 people dead and 20 injured. More than 600,000 people are affected and 80,000 houses damaged by the typhoon. Locally known as ‘Juan’, the typhoon then headed for China, Vietnam and Taiwan.

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World Vision response

World Vision is assisting 30,500 families (152,500 people) in the six hardest hit towns of Isabela province namely; San Manuel, Tumauini, Luna, Gamu, San Isidro and Cordon.  

Food such as rice, mung beans, fish, biscuits, sugar and oil, as well as water is being distributed. World Vision is also distributing mosquito nets, blankets and mats to families. To help with the repair of houses, aluminium roof sheets, nails and carpentry tools are being distributed.

Medical services are being provided and activities for children facilitated.

Two assessment teams delivered initial relief aid and completed rapid needs assessments in the northern provinces of Cagayan and Isabela within 24 hours of the typhoon hitting.

World Vision is conducting large scale assessments of possible long term interventions for Isabela province.  These efforts will include temporary shelter, permanent house reconstruction, and possible food security projects aside from immediate short term food distribution.  

Assessment teams reported that the immediate need of survivors include food, mats, blankets and restoration of houses.

Over 2,000 relief packs consisting of canned goods, noodles, biscuits, dried fish, milk, bottled water, coffee and sugar were pre-positioned in co-ordination with World Vision Area Development Program community partners, the week before Typhoon Megi hit.

Items were distributed to families in evacuation centres on the morning after the typhoon.  Some 1,520 packs of clothing were also organised.

Local suppliers of rice have been organised for possible relief operations in the coming days, if assessment findings reveal a need.

A World Vision Philippines assessment team reports no major damage in Cagayan province and children have returned to school.

“This was the first time the authorities gave its highest typhoon alert since Typhoon Durian in 2007," explained Boy Bersales, Humanitarian and Emergency Affairs director, World Vision Philippines.

Communities in the affected areas are prepared for disasters like this with the areas being prone to typhoon all year round.  Families within World Vision supported communities have been on alert since Friday in preparation for Typhoon Megi, as part of their Disaster Risk Reduction training and procedures.

“But this is a super typhoon, we expect damages to be extensive and economic repercussions will be high especially that the crops are ready for harvest,” added Bersales.

World Vision China’s emergency teams and pre-positioning units were also on standby for Typhoon Megi, after meteorological authorities predicted it would head toward southern China.  

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Background information

Typhoon Megi hit the northern provinces of Cagayan, Isabela, Kalinga, Mt. Province and Ifugao on Monday, October 18 at 15:00 local time (18:00 AEST).

Families were relocated to safer grounds for fear of landslides and flooding.  Initial reports from the National Disaster Risk Reduction Management Council (NDRRMC) say 637 families (3,106 people) were evacuated in Cagayan and Isabela provinces.

More than 11,000 people sheltered in 97 evacuation centres, of which 33 were schools.

Around 8,500 houses were damaged, 5,500 houses destroyed and damage to school buildings amounts to US$90,000.

Damage to agriculture and infrastructure was estimated at $110 million.  Almost $US24 million worth of agricultural damage was caused in Isabela province and over $US1 million in Cagayan province. The province of Isabela is considered the rice and corn granary of the Luzon.

The National Telecommunications Commission (NTC) estimated 90% damage to the telecommunication network.

Signal number 4, the highest alert in the Philippine Atmospheric, Geophysical and Astronomical Services Administration (PAG ASA) scale, was declared for the provinces.  

The 10th typhoon of the year, Megi dubbed a ‘super typhoon’ sustained winds of 225 kph before heading back out to sea and heading toward China and Vietnam.

Children and communities sponsored by Australians - Philippines

World Vision Australian sponsored communities live in the Cagayan province.  Due to the impact of recent flooding (early November) in the Cagayan province, correspondence, including Christmas cards from sponsored communities will be delayed.  Please be assured that if we receive information of concern regarding any sponsored children we will contact sponsors immediately. 

Children & communities sponsored by Australians – China

World Vision Australia sponsored communities in the Yunnan province were not affected by Typhoon Megi.

Please be assured that if World Vision receives information of concern regarding sponsored children we will contact sponsors immediately.

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