TYPHOON GONI AND VAMCO DISASTER RESPONSE


The strongest typhoon to hit the country in 2020 was Goni (local name: Rolly), reaching the Super Typhoon category and Signal No. 5–the highest tropical cyclone and highest wind signal classification of the Philippines. The Bicol Region bore the brunt of violent winds and heavy rains, resulting in floods, storm surges, and volcanic mudflow.

A few days after Typhoon Goni, while the main island of Luzon had just begun recovering, Typhoon Vamco (local name: Ulysses) ravaged the area.

The impacts of both typhoons prompted Habitat Philippines to implement a disaster response project. In partnership with ACCORD, a non-government organization, Habitat Philippines was able to assist at least 1,401 families by providing food baskets, Water, Sanitation and Hygiene (WASH) kits, and shelter repair tools in the provinces of Rizal, Cagayan, and Camarines Sur. Apart from the disaster response assistance, Habitat Philippines is discussing with the Rizal local government a long-term resettlement program for vulnerable families.

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