Neil Pancipanci, an Oxfam livelihoods officer based in Tacloban City shares his account of what it was like to be in the affected areas when Typhoon Hagupit hit.
Oxfam rapid assessment teams have been deployed to survey the immediate needs of evacuees forced to flee tropical storm Hagupit, and ensure those who lost their homes don’t lose their health as well.
As Typhoon Hagupit slowly pushes its way across the Philippines, Oxfam is working to ensure clean water and sanitation for affected communities and the hundreds of thousands of people seeking refuge in evacuation centres.
Typhoon Hagupit has struck the Philippines, making landfall in Eastern Samar, pummelling the coastal communities with 210km/h winds. Oxfam is ready to dispatch rapid assessment teams to survey the damage left in its path, and assess and respond to the greatest needs.
Photo: One year on from Typhoon Haiyan, the Philippines once again faces mass destruction from Typhoon Hagiput
The links between climate change and severe climate events are clearer than ever.
Oxfam is prepared for a major disaster response in the Philippines after Cyclone Hagupit was upgraded to a Super Typhoon – the same classification as Typhoon Haiyan – which wrought destruction on the country a year ago.