As Typhoon Hagupit continues heading towards the east coast of the Philippines, Plan International is closely monitoring the situation in preparation for an aid response.
The typhoon is currently around 1,600 kilometres from the country, which last month marked one year since Typhoon Haiyan devastated swathes of the islands of Samar and Leyte, and is forecast to make landfall at the weekend. Philippines authorities have warned of potential storm surges of up to four metres.
Carin van der Hor, Plan’s Country Director in the Philippines, says: "We are monitoring this storm and keeping updated on all developments. Plan is always ready to make a quick assessment that can guide us if there is a need to respond and if so, how best we can respond.
“We have extensive experience in disaster response in the country, as we saw before, during and after Typhoon Haiyan last year, and our response is focused on child protection in emergencies.”
“Our first response frequently also consists of providing life-saving needs, including water and sanitation, if needed.”
“On average, 20 typhoons hit the Philippines every year, with two or three of them devastating. We hope that this latest storm will not be in that category but stand prepared if it is.”
Plan International is one of the Philippines' longest-serving aid and development INGOs, with a special focus on helping marginalised children in 420 communities across the country to access their rights to health, education, livelihoods, disaster risk management and protection.
Plan has also responded to numerous emergencies across the disaster-prone country by providing food, medical supplies, health materials and psychosocial support. Most recently, Plan has responded Typhoon Haiyan, as well as 2012 Typhoon Bopha (Pablo), which killed nearly 1200 people and affected more than six million people, 2011 Typhoon Sendong (Washi) and the ongoing conflict in Mindanao - Basilan and Zamboanga Sibugay (2011), and Maguinadano (2012).
Media contact: Adam Cathro, Plan International in Australia, Media Relations Manager, 0488 202 945