Huge typhoon set to hit Philippines
7 November 2013
A major typhoon is on course to hit the Philippines tonight. Our emergency team is ready to respond.
Typhoon Haiyan – known locally as Typhoon Yolanda – is set to hit the central Philippines tonight. Heavy rain and winds of up to 270 kph are expected, and flash flooding and landslides are likely.
The so-called “super-typhoon” is the strongest storm to hit the Pacific this year. It is on course to strike many of the same areas that were devastated by a 7.3-magnitude earthquake last month.
CAFOD’s Robert Cruickshank said: “The typhoon tonight could have a devastating impact, particularly in areas that were so recently hit by the earthquake.
“The quake destroyed homes, roads, bridges, churches and schools on the islands of Bohol and Cebu. Today, thousands of people are living in temporary shelters. They are particularly at risk, and our thoughts and prayers are with them.
“In the longer term, the typhoon is likely to cause more devastation in the Mekong River basin as it tracks across the South China Sea and hits the coast of Vietnam, travelling inland across Cambodia, where more than 140,00 are already homeless. Our partners across the region are ensuing that emergencies supplies are in place.”
CAFOD has worked in the Philippines since 1969. Today, our programmes focus on helping indigenous peoples secure rights to their lands, and on responding to emergencies.