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ACTED Philippines deploys emergency assessment team after Typhoon Haima

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At 11pm on Wednesday, October 19th, Typhoon Haima (locally known as Lawin) made landfall in Peñablanca, Cagayan, with sustained winds of up to 225 km/hr and gusts of up to 315 km/hr. Though the typhoon has left the Philippine Area of Responsibility, Haima left in its wake a path of damage, destroying homes and infrastructure and creating deadly landslides.

The number of casualties due to Typhoon Haima has reached 18. Over 90,000 people evacuated and more than 104,000 people have been affected across 24 provinces and 134 municipalities. Official estimates of damage to homes and structures are not final yet and are generally underestimated due to the difficulty in receiving real-time information. The provincial government of Cagayan, where Haima first made landfall, estimates that up to 100% of homes have been partially or fully damaged.

Power supply and phone networks are intermittent (NDRRMC), and many areas report that both power and phone lines remain completely down. 42 sections of road and bridges throughout northern Luzon are currently blocked; several bridges and roads have completely collapsed, and landslides and flooding continue to threaten many communities. Several provinces have declared a state of calamity, however estimations of damage remain conservative due to a lack of communication and access. Damage estimates are expected to continue to grow in the coming days.

ACTED is deploying its team to seven municipalities in three of the most affected provinces, Isabela, Cagayan, and Apayao, in order to assess the damage and prepare to respond to the most urgent needs after Typhoon Haima.

About ACTED in the Philippines

ACTED Philippines has developed specific processes in case of natural disaster, drawn from its expertise, in order to assess and respond within hours of a disaster. Coordinating with national and local actors and INGOs to promote interagency partnerships and the coordination of needs assessments is one of the first step of ACTED’s response to ensure a complementary and efficient response. ACTED’s response processes have been successfully tested in the past, notably in response to Typhoon Hagupit (Ruby) in 2014 and Typhoons Koppu (Lando) and Melor (Nona) in 2015, where ACTED was on the ground within days to assess, respond, and distribute emergency relief items. ACTED also provided a quick and large scale response for Typhoon Pablo (Bopha) in 2012 and Typhoon Haiyan (Yolanda) in 2013.