The people of the Philippines urgently need the most basic life essentials: food, water, shelter, medical care and sanitation.
CRS emergency relief activities are underway after Typhoon Hagupit struck the Philippines on Saturday, December 6. While the scale of damage across the country remains to be seen at this early stage, as many as 25 people have died, and fears loom of potential floods and landslides following the days of heavy rain.
CRS teams have been carrying out assessments in the affected areas of Samar, the island where the storm made landfall. The immediate needs include food, shelter materials, and water and sanitation. CRS teams are distributing some of the 2,000 kits that arrived in Borongan in eastern Samar. They will support the local Church's response to the most vulnerable people in the coming days and weeks.
In Samar's municipalities of Taft, Can-Avid and Dolores, 30% to 60% of homes–many built with light materials like bamboo and plywood—were damaged or destroyed. The storm's wind pulled the roofs from many houses. Many families need tarps and other materials to protect them from the elements.
Photo by Vilma Horca/CRS