As the worst of the Typhoon Hagupit is over, significant damage to housing, agriculture and livelihoods, specifically in the eastern Samar province, has meant millions of people are still in
desperate need of food, water, emergency shelter and sanitation. Since Typhoon Haiyan struck last year, many areas in the Philippines are still trying to recover, leaving them morevulnerable to the impacts of Hagupit which struck this December.
In 2013, Muslim Aid established a regional office in the Philippines in response to Haiyan and since then has been providing emergency aid. Our recent distribution in the Hagupit
affected areas includes the phased delivery of 70,000 emergency shelter and non-food items for the typhoon affected people. Plans to distribute nutritious and high energy food are also underway.
Water and hygiene kits for 5,000 people are being supplied to the Dolores and Oras municipalities and three mobile water treatment units, that can serve 10,000 people each, have been set up in provinces of Sorsogon, Albay and Samar.
A further 4,500 hygiene kits and emergency reproductive kits will be given to pregnant and lactating women, as thousands of pregnant women have been facing difficulty
accessing health care facilities due to the damages to roads and infrastructure throughout the country. Our partners on the ground are also conducting health surveillances to monitor the risk and spread of diseases.
Muslim Aid is continually assessing the situation and the needs of those affected by the crisis.