14 December 2015
725,000 people flee as Typhoon Melor (Nona) hits the Philippines
Updated: 8:00am EST, November 14, 2015
An estimated 725,000 people fled their homes and communities as Typhoon Melor – known locally as Nona – made landfall over the Batag Island in Northern Samar, Philippines on Monday. The typhoon initially packed winds of up to 150km/h (95 miles per hour), and is now moving westward towards Burias Island. No immediate deaths or significant damages have been reported.
The typhoon comes two years after category 5 storm Haiyan devastated the city of Tacloban, killing almost 8,000 people and displacing 4.1 million. SOS Children’s Villages is monitoring the situation and will provide updates as they become available.
SOS Children’s Villages in the Philippines
For over 50 years, SOS Children’s Villages has been in the Philippines providing care and support to vulnerable children and families. After Typhoon Haiyan made landfall in November 2013, SOS Children’s Villages was on the ground to help with the immediate and long-term needs of survivors. SOS Children’s Villages helped reunite unaccompanied children with their families and provided temporary shelter, food, medical support, and built child care spaces where local children could play and receive psychological support.
Recognizing the need for rehabilitation of communities, SOS Children’s Villages also helped survivors rebuild their homes and provided services that enabled families to become self-reliant again.