On December 16, 2021 the Philippines was hit by Super Typhoon Rai. Typhoon Rai has brought destruction and hardship to some of the most vulnerable communities already suffering due to the COVID-19 pandemic. It carried gusts up to 270 km/h with maximum sustained winds of 195 km/h near the centre making it the strongest storm to make landfall in the Philippines this year. The trail of Super Typhoon Rai crossed the Philippine archipelago from Caraga to Eastern and Central Visayas and Palawan.
As of December 22, there have been 177 fatalities, 275 injured and 38 people remain missing. The storm has affected 2.6 million people and more than 660,000 people continue to be displaced and there are across nearly 2,000 evacuation centres in affected areas. Electricity is out in hundreds of municipalities and due to the severity of the storm it is estimated it may be up to three months before electricity is restored to all locations. Nearly 55,000 houses were damaged by the high winds and will require repairs before they become habitable again.
Meanwhile, meteorologists are continuing to watch a new weather system forming over the Pacific which would bring more rain to the affected areas beginning on December 24.
270 KM PER HOUR GUSTS
2.6 MILLION AFFECTED
660,000+ PEOPLE DISPLACED
GlobalMedic is getting ready to mobilize and respond to this disaster. We are putting together Family Emergency Kits which will provide families with essential resources. The kits contain a ceramic household water filtration unit to provide access to clean drinking water at the point of use. They also contain essential hygiene items like soap, toothbrushes and toothpaste, along with oral rehydration salts. Finally, the kits contain a solar light which can be used to extend the day and provide increased security while families are displaced.
We will continue to evaluate needs on the ground and adapt our response as necessary.