Philippines

Plan International on standby, ready to respond as Typhoon Nock-ten makes landfall on Christmas Day

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MANILA, PHILIPPINES (25 DECEMBER) – Child rights and humanitarian organisation Plan International stands ready to assist the emergency response as Typhoon Nock-ten (local name: Nina) makes landfall on Christmas Day in the island of Luzon, in northern Philippines.

According to state weather bureau Philippine Atmospheric Geophysical and Astronomical Services Administration in its latest advisory, Typhoon Nock-ten has maximum sustained winds of up to 185 kph and gusts of up to 255 kph.

The typhoon crosses highly-populated provinces and may trigger landslides, flash floods, and storm surges from strong winds and heavy rains.

“We are monitoring the typhoon and are coordinating with government agencies, incountry humanitarian organizations, and local partners who are operational in areas likely to be affected by the typhoon,” Plan International Deputy Country Director Patrick Kirwan says.

“We have urged our partner communities including sponsored families and children to take necessary measures to secure their safety in the event of a disaster,” he adds. Plan International has teams on standby and have pre-positioned life-saving kits that can be distributed to affected communities, if required.

Mr. Kirwan adds that this typhoon comes at an unfortunate time when Filipinos are celebrating the festive season: “instead of spending the day with their families and loved ones, communities are having to evacuate from their homes and seek safety and shelter.”

Plan International has been working in the Philippines since 1961 and has played important roles in responding to previous disasters, including Typhoon Haiyan. In the Philippines, Plan International works in over 400 villages, supporting 38,000 sponsored children in the provinces of Masbate, Occidental Mindoro, Northern Samar, Eastern Samar, Western Samar, Southern Leyte and Central Mindanao.

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Plan International staff in the Philippines are available for interviews.

To arrange, contact:

In Asia (Regional office):
Jessica Lomelin, Acting Regional Communications Manager
Email: jessica.lomelin@plan-international.org
Mobile: +95 9454920754

In Manila:
Maryann Zamora, Communications Officer
Email: mai.zamora@plan-international.org
Mobile: +639478916511

Plan International Headquarters (London):
Kirsty Cameron, Global Press Officer
Email: Kirsty.Cameron@plan-international.org
Mobile: + 44 (0) 7885807503

About Plan International:

Plan International is an independent development and humanitarian organisation that advances children’s rights and equality for girls.

We believe in the power and potential of every child. But this is often suppressed by poverty, violence, exclusion and discrimination. And it’s girls who are most affected. Working together with children, young people, our supporters and partners, we strive for a just world, tackling the root causes of the challenges facing girls and all vulnerable children.

We support children’s rights from birth until they reach adulthood. And we enable children to prepare for – and respond to – crises and adversity.

We drive changes in practice and policy at local, national and global levels using our reach, experience and knowledge. We have been building powerful partnerships for children for over 75 years, and are now active in more than 70 countries.