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World Vision ready to respond as typhoon Rosita threatens Ompong-hit communities

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More than a month after typhoon Ompong (international name Mangkhut) devastated Northern Luzon, survivors brace for another typhoon Rosita (international name Yutu), which is due to hit land on Tuesday, October 30.

“I’m worried about my children, especially for my 3-year old. They’ve been through a lot this year. I am more afraid now because we already lost our house,” shares 45-year old Benita from Alcala, Cagayan. Her family is currently living in a small makeshift house and fears that a typhoon as strong as Ompong would again render her children homeless.

State weather bureau PAGASA’s update as of October 28 said that the typhoon has slightly intensified, packing a maximum sustained wind of 200 kilometers per hour (km/h) with gust of up to 245 km/h. It is moving at 20km/h with a diameter of 800 kilometers. Initial forecast showed that Rosita will make landfall in Cagayan-Isabela area but as of 5PM local time, the typhoon has changed its course and could possibly hit land in Isabela-Aurora areas. PAGASA warned communities to not be complacent as it is expected to bring heavy rains and very strong winds.

“Our team has been in North Luzon since last month and it is heart-breaking to know that the same children and families will likely go through the same experience. While we hope that typhoon Rosita will not cause further damage to Ompong-affected families, World Vision stands ready to provide emergency essentials if the need arise,” said World Vision’s humanitarian and emergency affairs director Ajab-Aram Macapagat.

World Vision has an on-going emergency response and has now reached around 18,000 individuals through provision of emergency essentials, setting up of child-friendly spaces and support to shelter and livelihood. The organization also supports more than 1500 children in Isabela province, through its development programs.

Typhoon Ompong, which struck last September 15, has affected more than 3.8 million people and damaged 300,000 houses, according to the social welfare department’s Disaster Response Operations Monitoring and Information Center (DROMIC). It also decimated farmlands, leaving P26.8B (USD535M) worth of damage in agriculture.

For more information, spokespeople, photos and interviews, please contact:

GJeff Lamigo | Public Relations and Communications Manager, World Vision Philippines | gjeff_lamigo@wvi.org

Joy Maluyo | Field and Emergency Communications Officer, World Vision Philippines | florencejoy_maluyo@wvi.org