Direct Relief International’s emergency response team reached out to partners in the Philippines today to offer assistance following reports of Typhoon Megi’s damage there. According to news reports, Megi’s 155-mph winds whipped through northern provinces of the Philippines, destroying homes, felling trees, and downing powerlines. Heavy rains and high surf also caused flooding, which has driven people from their homes and destroyed crops.
Direct Relief’s partner in the Philippines, Save the Children, has assessment teams ready to respond, which Direct Relief is prepared to equip as needs become apparent.
Save the Children is a nongovernmental organization that serves impoverished, marginalized and vulnerable children and families in more that 120 nations, including the Philippines. Through disaster-risk reduction, emergency preparedness, rapid humanitarian relief and long-term recovery programs, Save the Children also assists millions of girls and boys at risk of or affected by natural disasters, conflicts and ethnic violence.