Update: Typhoon Haima in PH

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…

PH threatened by typhoon Haima

After typhoon Sarika (local name: Karen) struck the country on Saturday 15 October impacting more than 8,000 people leading to the displacement of thousands and causing serious flooding, the Philippines is now preparing to face the arrival of typhoon Haima, set to hit on Wednesday 19 or Thursday 20 October. Having formed over the Pacific…

Screenshot of Typhoon Hagupit from www.cyclocane.com

Handicap International prepares as Typhoon Hagupit threatens the Philippines

Typhoon Hagupit (known locally as Ruby) is set to hit the Philippines this weekend, potentially impacting millions of people. Handicap International’s teams working in the archipelago are preparing to take action to support the most vulnerable populations. There is a serious risk that super typhoon Hagupit, which has been gathering strength in the Pacific ocean since…

Leah Pacle, 46, is an officer of the Tarangnan Organization of Persons with Disabilities. Photo: Daryl Zamora / Handicap International

Spared and prepared

While Leyte and Eastern Samar bore the brunt of typhoon Haiyan late last year, the island village of Tigdaranao in Tarangnan (Western Samar) endured a fury less intense than expected. While more than 6,000 people perished elsewhere, everyone was safe in the small island community. That’s why Leah Pacle’s gratitude rise up to the heavens.…