Typhoon Hagupit (local name Ruby) has gained strength in the western Pacific and is expected to intensify further as it heads towards the Philippines.
Should it make landfall, Typhoon Hagupit could pose a serious threat to lives, homes and livelihoods in the Philippines. It is possible that Typhoon Hagupit could impact Central Luzon and Mindanao and cross through highly populated areas including the Visayas region which was hit by Typhoon Haiyan last year.
Red Cross disaster response teams are on standby and volunteers have been activated to support evacuations in high-risk areas. Additional staff and volunteers across all areas of the Philippines are on high alert, with extra staff deployed to Tacloban.
Essential items such as food supplies, sleeping mats and hygiene kits are being prepared. Whilst, emergency equipment including water trucks, generators, chainsaws and communications gear are ready for use in Leyte, Samar and Cebu.
In the Philippines, the Red Cross has pre-positioned supplies for up to 30,000 families in Manila, Cebu and Subic, including blankets, sleeping mats, bed sheets, jerry cans and mosquito nets.
On 8th November 2013, Typhoon Haiyan (known locally as Yolanda) made landfall on Guiuan, in the province of Eastern Samar in the Eastern Visayas region. Sweeping through Central Philippines, it left thousands of people dead and injured and devastated communities causing destruction to homes, livelihoods and infrastructure.
A year later, thanks to generosity of donors from Ireland and around the world, the Red Cross has so far built well over 6,000 homes, distributed cash and roofing material to 13,500 households for home repairs and distributed cash to more than 29,000 households as part of the livelihood support programme.
Red Cross teams have been working closely with local communities to repair and strengthen water systems and classrooms damaged by Haiyan. To date, 1,500 water systems have been constructed or repaired and 192 classrooms out of the planned 400 have been repaired and equipped, while 35 health facilities are being rebuilt and refitted.
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