8 December 2014

Typhoon Hagupit Heads For The Philippines – Live Updates

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Typhoon Hagupit is due to hit land on Saturday evening. (Source: BBC)

 

Update ---  December 8, 2014 --- 10:00 a.m. EST
 

Typhoon Hagupit (Ruby) was downgraded to “tropical storm” status as it approached the capital city of Manila, having passed over other parts of the country, hitting the eastern island of Samit worst. The Red Cross reports 21 people have died in Borongan, the main town in Eastern Samar.

Now that the immediate danger has passed, thousands of people are returning home after about 1 million people were evacuated from their homes. 
 

We are relieved to report that our SOS families and staff members in the villages are safe. School classes and government offices have been suspended today. For safety precautions, we have asked our SOS staff members at SOS Children’s Villages Philippines (National Office) to stay home with their families. No damages were reported except for uprooted trees in the villages. 


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Update ---  December 6, 2014 --- 5:00 a.m. EST
 

SOS Children's Villages Philippines has prepared for Typhoon Hagupit —trees that are close to the families’ houses were pruned, and they have food supplies to last them for a few days. Families have been advised to stay in their homes and to be vigilant.
 

“Safety and protection of our children, youths and mothers and co-workers is … our main concern, so let us be ready, secure the villages and be vigilant,” said SOS Philippines National Director Bienvenido L. Delgado addressing the Village Directors.
 

In November 2013, Typhoon Haiyan caused great damage to SOS Children's Village Tacloban. The SOS families survived; they moved in with families in other SOS Children's Villages in the Philippines and slowly returned to Tacloban when their homes were rebuilt.  
 

In the year following Typhoon Haiyan, SOS has made helping the Philippines recover from the natural disaster a priority.  SOS provided temporary shelter, nutritional and medical support, and helped to rebuild homes. By creating child-friendly spaces where local children could play and receive psychological support from our trained and experienced staff, SOS helped parents to attend to emergency needs. Reuniting families was also a major project throughout.
 

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December 5, 2014 --- 1 p.m. EST
 

Typhoon Hagupit is currently bearing down on the Philippines, and is on track to hit the same area that Typhoon Haiyan ravaged one year ago.
 
Hagupit, locally known as Ruby, has been downgraded from Category Five, the classification for Haiyan, to Category Three. However, despite the fact that it is no longer a Super Typhoon, it remains dangerous and destructive, and will be the strongest storm that the Philippines will see this year.
 
SOS Children’s Villages is present in the Philippines, with eight villages spread across the archipelago. The villages that will reportedly be affected by Hagupit are Cebu, Iloilo, Calbayog and Tacloban, with the latter two likely to be in the eye of the storm.
 
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SOS has eight villages in the Philippines.
 
Hagupit is forecasted to first hit the Eastern Samar province, and forecasters have reported expected storm surges upwards of four to five meters. It is expected to cause landslides and produce heavy rainfall.
 
Local residents, many of whom are still living in temporary shelters following Haiyan, are moving away from coastal areas.
 
The SOS Children’s Villages – Philippines National Office has put together a team who will monitor the direction of the typhoon and share this with the Children’s Villages, and a technical person who is monitoring the preparation of the Children’s Villages.
 
SOS is taking measures to ensure all centres are as prepared as they can be for the impending typhoon. Watch this space for periodic updates on the situation.