What we know about Typhoon Mangknut
- At 1:40am local time, Typhoon Mangkhut made landfall in Cagayan, a province at the northern tip of Luzon Island in the Philippines
- So far, the Typhoon has killed at least 74 people
- Nearly 900,000 people have been directly impacted, many of whom live on only a few dollars a day
- The Typhoon has been called the worst storm of the year, compared to a Category 5 hurricane
- Winds of over 200km per hour and waves of up to 6 metres ravaged the island, causing flooding, landslides and mass destruction
- 34,924 schools have been affected, potentially disrupting a total of 15 million learners
- Many farmers who rely on their land to support their families have seen their crops destroyed in landslides
- Thousands of children are now in need of shelter, without power, missing school and at risk of further trauma
What we’re doing
The Plan International response team are now on the ground in Northern Luzon’s worst affected areas. The team have conducted a rapid needs assessment of the emergency, and child protection is the highest priority.
Right now, people are in serious need of shelter and protection. Children are missing school, and families have had their livelihoods devastated.
To support children and families living through the aftermath, Plan International will:
- Support families whose homes were damaged or destroyed to rebuild
- Provide families who have lost their crops and livelihoods with the seeds and tools they need to prepare for the December planting season
- Create safe spaces where children dealing with trauma have rapid access to counselling and other psychosocial support
- Prevent additional disruption to children’s lives by supplying back-to-school kits to those whose education has been disrupted
Women, Children and Girls in emergencies
When disaster strikes, women and children are the most vulnerable. In floods, earthquakes and typhoons, women, children and girls are often left without shelter, food and medical care, which can leave them exposed to water borne diseases. Our work in emergencies focuses on the most vulnerable, where we can have the most impact.
How You Can Help
Your donation will help us be ready for future emergencies, and deliver all of Plan International’s work. From providing fast relief to survivors of disasters, to ensuring communities are prepared for disasters of this kind in the future. It will also assist with our work to protect and support children and girls around the world.