Habitat for Humanity is assessing the damage caused by Super Typhoon Haima that made landfall in northeastern Philippines in the early hours of Thursday morning. Thankfully it was downgraded to category-4, however communities took shelter from the 315km/hr destructive winds and a deluge of rains.
What we know so far, based on the latest Situation Report:
– 46,247 homes have sustained damage
– 6,551 homes have completely destroyed
– 39,706 homes partially damaged
– 64 barangays (Filipino for a village or district) remain flooded
These numbers are expected to rise as more reports come in.
There are fears that along with the dangers of flash flooding and damaging winds, landslides are also be a major threat, given mountainous terrain and due to Haima being the second typhoon to hammer the area in just four days.
Decent shelter is one of the most critical needs after a disaster like this. In the days to come, having a safe place to call home will help make sure families can get through.
“While the full extent of the damage becomes better known, we have launched an appeal to raise much needed funds for disaster response operations,” said Martin Thomas, Habitat for Humanity Australia Chief Executive.
Habitat for Humanity’s disaster response teams were deployed on October 22, and assessments in the affected areas are ongoing. Funds raised will be used to undertake assessments, repair damaged homes, coordinate response operations with local government agencies and disaster relief partners, and distribute shelter kits as soon as it is safe.
Habitat’s emergency response allowed survivors to rebuild homes and hope for the future following recent disasters including Typhoon Haiyan in 2013, and Typhoon Hagupit in 2014.
Funds raised will benefit emergency, temporary and medium term shelter interventions in affected areas. In the unlikely event funds raised exceed the need in The Philippines, Habitat will use your donation to assist other natural disaster response efforts.