Typhoon Hagupit (locally named Ruby) is currently approaching the Philippines and is expected to make landfall on Saturday or Sunday.
If it makes landfall, Typhoon Ruby is likely to devastate communities still recovering from Typhoon Haiyan. Haiyan struck the Philippines on 6 November last year and affected 14 million people, killing over six thousand people, destroying or damaging over a million homes and displacing four million people.
ActionAid has started preparing communities to evacuate and is available for interviews from London and the Philippines.
Joyce Laker, ActionAid’s Country Director in The Philippines said: “The threat of another typhoon hitting the Philippines is extremely worrying. People have started to panic and are buying up food and emergency items like torches, batteries, radios, candles and cellophane.
“People have only just started to recover from the devastating impact of Typhoon Haiyan last year. Many people are still living in tents or temporary shelter. Others have only partially rebuilt their homes and livelihoods. Another hit from another typhoon would be absolutely devastating.
“ActionAid is preparing people to evacuate to school buildings, churches and a specially built evacuation centre. But for the sake of the Filipino people, we sincerely hope this is a precautionary measure only.”
Notes to Editors
- In the immediate aftermath of Typhoon Haiyan last year ActionAid helped 163,123 of the most vulnerable people affected, including orphans, single mothers and elderly people with disabilities, as well as those living in the furthest and hard to reach areas.
- Over 16,000 people have been helped by ActionAid to recover and rebuild their homes and livelihoods and received training to prepare for future emergencies.