Updated: Mar 24, 2021
In response to the onslaught of Typhoon Goni, which hit the Philippines around 5 November leaving hundreds of thousands of people without a home, relief agencies internationally are supporting 49 000 people in the hardest-hit areas of the Bicol region with lifesaving aid. Typhoon Goni, the strongest tropical cyclone observed worldwide so far in 2020, is one of the most intense tropical cyclones on record.
Lot Felizco, country director in the Philippines of Oxfam, says the response aims to provide immediate shelter, clean water, sanitation, hygiene, food, cash assistance and protection to the most vulnerable people in the disaster-struck region of Bicol including provinces of Albay, Camarines Sur and Catanduanes. She says they have already reached 8550 individuals with potable water, water treatment tablets, hygiene kits, food packs and cooked food through community kitchens, sleeping kits, solar lamps, and kitchen essentials. “We are also distributing desperately needed cash to 600 households. Typhoon Goni, was followed by Typhoon Vamco a week later on 11 November, devastating the lives of more than three million people in eight regions of the Philippines. Hundreds of thousands of people now displaced are in dire need of clean water, sanitation facilities, and cash to buy food and shelter grade material,” says the country director.