team of doctors already arrived in Manila

Super-typhoon “Hagupit” continues raging – landslides and floods expected

by Lina Koch,  2014/12/07

Yesterday at 9:00 p.m. local time, super-typhoon “Hagupit” hit the Philippian island Samar in the East of the country and caused important damages and floods. Now the storm, with squalls of up to 200 km/h is slowly heading towards the capital Manila, from where the humedica field team is soon going to leave for the catastrophe region, in order to provide medical emergency aid.

“We cannot yet tell anything precise about the extent of the destructions, as the typhoon is still moving very slowly over the Philippines and the communication has broken down in many places”, explains Raphael Marcus, head of the service emergency and catastrophe help with humedica. “Due to the heavy rains, we are especially expecting heavy floods and landslides in the concerned regions. Especially on the island Samar we must still expect the worst.”

The coast town Tacloban, which had been devastated by typhoon “Haiyan” last year, has mostly been spared new destruction. “Some roofs have been untiled and the water is still knee-deep. But most of the accommodations in Tacloban have resisted the wind. We are now concentrating our help on the island Samar”, reports humedica coordinator Alexandra Vlantos.

humedica is asking the German population for directed donations for the catastrophe commitment on the Philippines:

      humedica e.V.
      keyword: Typhoon Philippines
      IBAN DE35 7345 0000 0000 0047 47
      BIC BYLADEM1KFB
      bank Sparkasse Kaufbeuren

Further, continually updated information on this website as well as on facebook.com/humedica.

Possibilities for interviews: There are possibilities for interviews with the field team in the catastrophe region. If you are interested, please contact our press relations officer Lina Koch.

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