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On Saturday September 15, Super Typhoon Mangkhut struck the eastern coast of Luzon, the largest and most northern island of the Philippines, with devastating force.

Mangkhut is the most powerful typhoon to hit the country since Typhoon Haiyan in 2013, which resulted in more than 6,300 deaths and millions of people displaced from their homes.

For survivors, the needs are immense

Over 2 million people have been affected. 117,000 houses are destroyed or damaged with many losing their roofs.

Communities have lost their crops just two weeks before the harvest: it is estimated that between 80 to 90% of the rice and corn crops were destroyed. Fishermen have lost their fishing boats.

Livelihoods are now at risk.

Medair’s Global Emergency Response Team Mobilised

Medair’s Global Emergency Response Team arrived in the Philippines 24 hours after the typhoon hit, and immediately worked as quickly as possible to access affected areas.

Our team has been visiting families and assessing their needs. They are now distributing emergency kits containing food, tools, ropes and tarps in remote communities, some of which are only accessible by helicopter.

Medair's Shelter Adviser Patricia Gomez meets with families affected by the Typhoon to assess their needs.

What you can do to help

  • Pray for communities affected, and families who may have lost everything.
  • Give now to support Medair’s emergency response, and future Medair emergency responses around the world.

Medair’s experience in the Philippines

In 2013, Medair responded to Typhoon Haiyan. Within 48 hours, Medair had sent its emergency team to assess the damage, and start a reconstruction project in communities which were completely destroyed. We remained in the Philippines until the successful completion of our recovery programme in 2016.

Learn more here