The Philippines’ national weather bureau PAGASA announced earlier this morning that Typhoon Haima (local name Lawin) has “slightly weakened while traversing Apayao province” with maximum sustained winds of 185 kph and gustiness of 230 kph.
It has definitely weakened as compared to last night’s winds of 225 kph and gustiness of 315 kph as it made landfall in Cagayan province an hour before midnight. As of 7 AM today, the typhoon’s eye is at 40 km northwest of Laoag city, Ilocos Norte province and is possible to exit the Philippine area of responsibility tonight.
Information about the typhoon’s damages are still being collected as of writing. What Handicap International knows is that the typhoon affected 266 municipalities and seven provinces of the northern part of the Philippines.
With that, Handicap International together with other international nongovernment organisations will travel to the affected areas today to assess the scale of damage and plan its response, if needed.
Handicap International regularly supplies aid to people affected by natural disasters in the Philippines. The organisation works alongside communities and local authorities to help them prepare for the risk of natural disasters and to ensure that vulnerable people, particularly persons with disabilities, are taken into account.