December 5, 2014
By Simon Chambers
Typhoon Hagupit is expected to make a landfall into Eastern Samar province in the central Philippines on Saturday December 6 at 6pm local time. It seems likely that the path of the typhoon will be a direct hit across Eastern Visayas area, where many ACT members have ongoing Haiyan response operations. The government is urging people living in high-risk areas and unsafe dwellings to evacuate as soon as possible
PWRDF partners the National Council of Churches in the Philippines (NCCP), Episcopal Care of the Episcopal Church in the Philippines, and other members of the ACT Alliance are closely monitoring the situation. These partners have conducted ACT Forum meetings, attended coordination meetings with the UN agencies, and are preparing emergency kits for distribution to affected people. They also have assessment teams ready to be deployed in the field once the typhoon leaves the region.
“In NCCP target areas, evacuation is ongoing and a rice supply is available. . An NCCP vehicle is available to take people to evacuation centers. In Salvacion in Jinamoc Island, Samar, 408 families who were evacuated to the hills have already received a supply of rice. According to Joselito Sosmena, Emergency Field Coordinator for the NCCP, the most important thing now is organize people and to be prepared to respond. NCCP has requested community leaders to act as Marshalls to the evacuation sites.
In his note to all Anglican partners, Floyd Lalwet, Coordinator of Episcopal Care, Philippines,wrote,“Let us pray that all our communities in the expected path of the storm be spared from devastation. Meanwhile, a relief operation is being prepared to travel to the region”. Let us join hands with our partners and pray that there be no human loss and sufferings caused by this typhoon.
The ACT Alliance Secretariat in Geneva that facilitates coordination of appeals among the ACT members globally will have staff on duty during the weekend of December 6th and 7th, 2014. PWRDF is monitoring the situation closely by remaining in regular contact with all national and international partners. PWRDF will have staff on call for weekend coverage if needed.