Hundreds of thousands of people have been evacuated in the central Philippines, where a fierce storm is lashing coastal areas with heavy wind and rain. According to The Guardian news outlet, three people have been killed and millions are left without power.
On Tuesday morning, the storm unexpectedly regained force, with its maximum sustained winds rising to 230 kph (145 mph). That made it the equivalent of a Category 4 hurricane just as it slammed into an area of the western island of Mindoro where tens of thousands of people live. The Philippines Government estimated open-sea waves of 40 meters, and up to 12 feet storm surge between Samar and Northern Mindoro with medium to high damage in buildings, as well as damage to crops such as banana, coconut, and rice.
HOPE worldwide’s team in the Philippines is continuing to watch this storm closely and has positioned supplies in three locations in the Philippines and has several teams ready to be dispatched when needed. We will continue to provide updates as the situation develops.