AmeriCares is sending emergency medical aid to the Philippines where Typhoon Rammasun destroyed homes, displaced thousands of families and left millions without power. The storm, which battered Luzon, the Philippines’ largest island, on Tuesday, comes as the disaster-prone country is still reeling from Super Typhoon Haiyan in November.
Rammasun, known locally as Typhoon Glenda, battered the island nation with wind gusts up to 115 mph and drenching rain. More than 60 storm-related deaths were reported as of Friday morning.
Our emergency response and recovery coordinator in the Philippines was immediately dispatched to assess the health needs in Quezon province south of Manila, and has been working closely with a partner organization in country to distribute medicines and supplies from AmeriCares.
To help local health care providers meet an expected surge in demand for care, AmeriCares is preparing to deliver an additional $400,000 worth of medicines and relief supplies for survivors. The shipment includes respiratory medicines, wound care supplies, pediatric medicines and baby care products to support provincial and district hospitals, as well as local health centers treating survivors.
“Health facilities throughout the affected areas are damaged or without power in a time of crisis when survivors need them most,” said AmeriCares Vice President of Emergency Response Garrett Ingoglia. “We are helping to ensure health workers are equipped to meet the needs in the coming days and weeks.”
Paul Gwyn Pagaran, AmeriCares emergency response and recovery coordinator in the Philippines, reports significant damage to health centers and hospitals is hampering the delivery of health care in the hardest-hit areas.
“The situation has been made worse due to power outages in some areas, resulting in the absence of water and the inability to perform surgery and other medical procedures in health facilities,” Pagaran said from the field. “Our medicines and supplies will help treat survivors injured by flying debris and fallen trees and sickened from exposure to rain and unsafe water.”
AmeriCares relief workers will continue to assess the health needs in the affected regions to meet survivors’ needs.