World Vision concerned about Filipino children affected by typhoon Vamco (Ulysses)

Following its exit from the Philippine landmass, Typhoon Vamco (local name Ulysses) leaves the entire Luzon grid including Metro Manila heavily battered and inundated due to destructive winds and raging flood.

“It is heartbreaking to see photos of children and their families seeking safer ground due to the massive flooding. Vamco is also causing further damage to the already Goni-stricken communities in the Bicol Region, where World Vision is currently doing an emergency response,” says Rommel Fuerte, World Vision Development Foundation National Director

Vamco, packing a strength of 155kph near its center and 255 gustiness as its peak intensity has made three landfalls. It maintained its strength while moving towards Western Luzon, bringing torrential rains that caused dams and rivers to swell. Rescue operations are ongoing for families stranded in flooded areas.

“We are dealing with multiple disasters, including COVID-19. As people seek refuge, we call on LGUs and all stakeholders to observe health protocols in evacuation centers. These disasters could also cause distress to children, especially those who have been through the horrifying experience from typhoon Goni. Let us come together to support their needs in these trying times,” adds World Vision Philippines Rommel V. Fuerte.

A World Vision team is already doing assessment and coordination in most affected areas in Metro Manila. “In several barangays in Malabon, about a hundred people have taken in shelter in the evacuation center. We are coordinating with the local government offices in Manila and Malabon for a more updated account of affected families,” shares Chifadel Mabolo, Program Manager.

The organization is currently supporting over 20,000 sponsored children in the entire Luzon.

Meanwhile, teams in Bicol Region will resume humanitarian efforts the soonest possible.

The ASEAN Coordinating Centre for Humanitarian Assistance (AHA) Center estimates that around 19.1 million people are along the typhoon’s path. Metro Manila alone has over 12 million population.

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