Typhoon Goni and Typhoon Vamco

Two devastating storms have ripped through the Philippines

Read more about what happened, facts and figures about Typhoon Goni and Typhoon Vamco and how we’re helping.

We are responding in the Philippines after Typhoon Goni caused destruction, landslides and extensive flooding.

The super typhoon was swiftly followed by Typhoon Vamco – the sixth named storm to hit the country in just three weeks.

It moved along a similar path to Goni and pushed response efforts back to zero as house repairs and temporary shelters were again destroyed. Whole towns have been submerged and thousands of families are being rescued from rooftops.

We are working at full capacity to support families displaced by Typhoon Goni. These devastating typhoons are a stark reminder that disasters don’t stop for coronavirus.

Read on for facts about Typhoon Goni and Vamco and see how we’re helping.

 

Typhoon Goni and Typhoon Vamco's Path


Typhoon Goni is the most powerful storm to hit the Philippines since Typhoon Haiyan in 2003, which killed around 6,000 people and affected millions more.

It made landfall in the Bicol region. Families from Albay and Catanduanes were in the epicentre of the storm and have been the worst affected. In Catanduanes at least 10,000 homes have been damaged or destroyed. 11 towns remain inaccessible.

Typhoon Vamco tracked slightly north of Goni, triggering severe flooding and landslides on Luzon island. Flooding again hit parts of Catanduanes and the Bicol region.

Take a look at this map of Typhoon Goni which details the path of the storm as it ripped through the country.

Typhoon Goni path map Philippines 2020
Map highlighting the path of Typhoon Goni across the Philippines.

Typhoon Goni and Vamco quick facts

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Who was affected by the Typhoons?


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Typhoon Goni made landfall on Catanduanes island on Sunday November 1, ripping off roofs, taking down power and damaging homes and buildings.

Around 2.1 million people were affected by Typhoon Goni across northern areas of the Philippines, with nearly 1 million forced to evacuate their homes.

Typhoon Vamco brought yet more devastation, with around 3.6 million people affected and 277,000 people living in evacuation centres.

But coronavirus is making the situation even more complicated.

Communities who have evacuated are now facing the double threat of having nowhere to live but potentially over-crowded evacuation centres. It is extremely difficult for families to protect themselves from the deadly virus in these environments.

How is ShelterBox helping?


Our teams are working hard to support families affected by Typhoon Goni as quickly as possible.

We are working with partners already on the ground, Humanity and Inclusion and Simon of Cyrene, to deliver emergency shelter.

Our supplies of shelter kits (including rope tarpaulins and nails), solar lights, water carriers, blankets and mosquito nets have already arrived in some of the worst affected areas.

Rotary in the Philippines has connected us with local organisations, including the navy, and provided forklifts and trucking. Their support and network has been invaluable yet again.

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Why is the Philippines so prone to disasters?


The Philippines is one of the world’s worst disaster-affected countries. We have responded to disasters in the Philippines more than any other country.

Warm ocean waters, low-lying coasts, poverty and geography help explain why the Philippines is so prone to natural disasters.

Located just above the equator, the Philippines faces the western Pacific without much else in the way to take the force of storms before they make landfall. Those warm, equatorial waters power about 20 typhoons a year.

In recent decades, significant numbers of people have been forced to live in risky, low-lying areas – havens for cheaper, temporary housing. The rapidly constructed housing and often inadequate evacuation plans mean that the local population is left vulnerable when disaster strikes. Existing houses are often unable to withstand extreme weather conditions.

On top of everything else, the country’s location on the Pacific Ring of Fire means it is prone to earthquakes, volcanic eruptions, tropical storms and typhoons.

Source: National Geographic

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When Typhoon Vongfong swept away Nelcie’s home, she knew that the disaster was not going to be the last one to hit her country.

And she was right.

Your support will help us provide emergency shelter to families like Nelcie’s who are currently facing the double threat of disasters and coronavirus.

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