Typhoon Mangkhut, the strongest storm so far worldwide in 2018, recently slammed into northeast Luzon—the Philippines’ largest and most populated island—reportedly producing waves reaching almost 30 feet high, causing excessive flooding, resulting in more than 40 landslides, killing hundreds of people and displacing hundreds of thousands more.
International Medical Corps’ Emergency Response Team responded immediately, meeting in Manila with first responders, government disaster-management authorities and partner agencies to assess the most critical needs and plan movements into the areas of greatest need.
As part of a complete response plan, International Medical Corps is now conducting field assessments in the most-affected areas. Our team has reached Naga City in Cebu, where a catastrophic landslide—triggered in the aftermath of Typhoon Mangkhut—resulted in dozens being buried alive. Moreover, as of October 1, some 7,000 people were residing across 11 evacuation centers. In Naga City, our team is finding a critical gap in psychosocial care for those affected, particularly among the local first responders, who continue to dig bodies out from the rubble. We also continue to assess the needs surrounding water, sanitation and hygiene, and health for those directly affected by the disaster.
We also are working with our partners and team from 2013’s catastrophic Typhoon Haiyan, when International Medical Corps teams provided a comprehensive emergency response in the country. Within the first six weeks of our response, we delivered more than 14,500 health consultations to reach those suffering from acute and chronic medical conditions.
Though much work has been done, needs and numbers are expected to rise, as many communities have not yet been reached. Check this page frequently for updates—and to find out how you can help.