18 October 2015

BREAKING: Typhoon Koppu Hits Philippines, Displacing Thousands

The typhoon is weakening but flooding is still a serious threat to millions, reports say.

Typhoon Koppu hit the northern Philippines today, killing at least three people, leaving more than 20,000 displaced and another 200,000 without electricity, sources say.
Reports say that the storm is weakening, with winds down from more than 120 miles per hour to less than 80 miles per hour. The storm, however, is likely to remain over the Philippines for as many as five days, bringing between 50 and 80 inches of rain in certain parts of the country. In total, an estimated 4.5 million people could be affected by the storm, according to the latest updates from the Global Disaster Alert and Coordination System.
SOS Children’s Villages cares for more than 700 children in eight SOS Villages in the Philippines. Currently, there is no information that suggests any of the SOS Villages have been affected by the typhoon. More information will be disclosed as it becomes available.
In November 2013, Typhoon Haiyan, one of the strongest typhoons in history and the most deadly in the Philippines, killed more than 6,000 people and affected about 11 million. The typhoon badly damaged SOS Children's Village Tacloban. The SOS families living at the SOS Village were forced to move in with families in other SOS Children's Villages in the Philippines. SOS also provided urgent assistance to the local population, including: 
·      Temporary shelter for displaced persons;
·      Help rebuilding homes;
·      Nutritional and medical support; and
·      Child-friendly spaces for local children to play and receive psychological support.
As with all humanitarian emergencies, SOS Children’s Villages relies on its longstanding presence and relationships with communities to react quickly and effectively. Further information about potential SOS relief efforts will be made available as soon as possible. 
The first SOS Village in the Philippines opened in 1967.
“Slow-Moving Typhoon Koppu Batters Philippines, Kills Three” (Bloomberg News)
Typhoon Koppu Strengthens, Edges Closer to Philippines (NBC News)
“Thousands displaced as Typhoon Koppu pummels northern Philippines” (CNN)