Typhoon Hagupit Update #1
Saturday December 6, 2:15pm PST
The Climate Relief Fund is closely monitoring the situation in the Philippines as Typhoon Hagupit (known as Ruby in the Philippines). As of this post, no casualties have been reported. It will take three days for the storm to make its way across the Philippines, and with heavy rains there is fear of catastrophic flooding. The storm has weakened, but as it makes landfall today (nighttime in the Philippines) storm surge is also a concern in coastal areas.
The storm is on a similar path to last year’s devastating Supertyphoon Haiyan, which killed more than 7,000 people. Many Haiyan survivors have been living in temporary shelters in danger from further damage. Thankfully the government has evacuated ~1 million people this time, so we are hoping for no major loss of life.
We here at the Climate Relief Fund are in communications with our Relief Partners in the Philippines, the Citizens’ Disaster Response Center (CDRC) as they are preparing a response.
No matter the outcome, the Climate Relief Fund will be raising funds for the recovery. You can donate here to help our partners in the Philippines with relief efforts - 100% of your donation will go to helping people there recover.
We will update this blog as news comes in.
- New York Times: Typhoon Lashes Philippines, Amid Fears of a Repeat of Last Year’s Devastation
- Mashable: Typhoon Hagupit begins agonizingly slow trek across Philippines, deadly floods likely
- NBC News: Typhoon Hagupit Makes Landfall in Philippines as 1 Million Flee
- Guardian: Typhoon Hagupit: 500,000 people flee to safety in eastern Philippines