Caritas network responds to Super Typhoon Haima in the Philippines

20 Oct 2016   |   Philippines   |   Emergencies   |   Emergency Relief

Local Caritas staff and partners are responding with emergency assistance in the Philippines, as the country prepares for impact as a result of Super Typhoon Haima.

The situation

Haima, known locally as “Lawin”, made landfall in the Cayagan-Isabela areas in northern Luzon yesterday, with some residents already evacuated from their homes. Haima has been categorised as a category 4, with several other regions under warning signal as it continues to make impact. It reached winds of up to 315 kph at its peak.

The typhoon is expected to affect millions of people across multiple provinces.

It is the second category typhoon to hit the Philippines in the last week, following on from Typhoon Sarika, which has now moved on to China.

Caritas network’s response

The National Secretariat for Social Action (NASSA)/Caritas Philippines are coordinating a relief effort, including on-ground assessments and working with other humanitarian organisations in their assessment activities.

NASSA/Caritas Philippines have also communicated with its related dioceses in regards to goods and volunteers to assist residents with preparation for impact of the typhoon and relief for those areas already affected.

Caritas Australia has several local partner organisations across Luzon and we are in close contact with them and will remain so as the typhoon continues to impact the region.

Our thoughts and prayers are with those affected by Super Typhoon Haima.

General Emergency Response Fund

The Caritas network is one of the largest humanitarian aid networks in the world. Our Emergency Response Fund enables Caritas Australia to work with local partners to respond quickly and appropriately to humanitarian emergencies around the world, whenever and wherever they occur. If you would like to help deliver emergency aid around the world and to the Philippines for Super Typhoon Haima, please donate to the Emergency Response Fund.

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