Barely more than a year after Typhoon Haiyan brought widespread death and destruction to the central Philippines, Typhoon Hagupit came roaring ashore with 115-mph winds and heavy rains on Dec. 6, 2014. About 4.2 million people in Eastern Visayas felt the worst of the storm’s fury.
World Vision helped more than 1 million survivors in response to Haiyan, providing clean water, food, cash-for-work programs, livelihood training, and housing assistance. But many of the communities still recovering from the late-2013 storm were hit hard again by Hagupit.
“I had the same Christmas gift last year,” said Fatima, after she lost her house and business for a second time in as many years during Typhoon Hagupit.
Having anticipated the latest storm, World Vision responded a day after it hit to provide emergency food, hygiene supplies, and household items to about 450 families. Over three months ,50,000 people will be helped in areas affected by both disasters.
Written by Chris Huber
Photo ©2014 Joy Maluyo/World Vision