Over 200,000 evacuated as Typhoon Kammuri makes landfall in the Philippines
3 December 2019
Typhoon Kammuri - known locally as Typhoon Tisoy - made landfall on Monday 2 December in Sorsogon Province, within the south-eastern part of Luzon, the Philippines' most populous island. At least 200,000 residents were evacuated.
The typhoon has brought sustained winds of up to 96mph (155km/h) and gusts of up to 146 mph (235km/h). Storm surges of up to 3m (nearly 10ft) were expected.
More than 3 million people living in areas that will be seriously affected by the typhoon are expected to be in need of humanitarian assistance. Of those, an estimated 1 million people are considered very vulnerable.
The typhoon is expected to have caused large-scale damage to crops and other agriculture products including livestock, as well as significant damage to homes and infrastructure.
How is the Catholic Church responding in the Philippines?
Caritas Philippines is coordinating with its diocesan social action centres, especially in the Bicol region, and is assessing the impact of Typhoon Kammuri.
Coordination between the Church and various government agencies has been taking place since before Typhoon Kammuri made landfall. In many provinces, the distribution of emergency relief items has already begun.