Typhoon Doksuri hit the Philippines at 3.10am local time (3.10pm ET) on Wednesday 26 July 2023. | © Cycloclane.com
The super typhoon hit the northern Philippines on Wednesday July 26, killing at least 5 people and displacing nearly 27,000. HI is currently assessing the situation.
With winds of up to 220km/h, typhoon Doksuri, known as Egay in the Philippines, has caused heavy rain, landslides, flooding and power cuts in several regions in the North of the Philippines. So far, at least 5 people have been killed, according to the country's authorities, and some 27,000 people have had to flee their homes for safety.
John Mel Sumatra is HI's Emergency Response Manager in the Philippines:
"The super typhoon has caused extensive damage in the north and north-east of the Philippines, forcing thousands of people to evacuate. The evacuees need hygiene kits, water, food and solar lamps, as electricity has still not returned to some of the affected areas. HI is currently assessing the needs in the provinces where we are present."
HI is working closely with two municipalities in the Cagayan valley (north-east): Baggao and Camalaniugan. They are among the areas worst affected by typhoon Doksuri.
A few days before the cyclone hit (55 hours), HI provided financial assistance to 252 vulnerable households (elderly people, large families, households with one or more disabled people) in Camalaniugan, to help them buy and store essential food products, medicines and drinking water.
HI has also prepared a stock of hygiene kits, wheelchairs, crutches and other mobility aids to meet the needs of the most vulnerable people.
The association's teams are all safe and sound.
HI has been present in the Philippines since 1985 and carries out operations close to the affected areas. Our teams regularly intervene to provide an emergency response following cyclones, volcanic eruptions and floods, which regularly hit the country. HI is also involved in the response to the disaster caused by super typhoon Odette (RAI), which hit the archipelago in December 2021.