Save the Children is warning that up to 4.5 million children in the Philippines will be impacted by Typhoon Koppu, which has flattened houses, toppled power lines and forced thousands of people from their homes. The aid agency also warns that there may have been extensive damage to plantations of bananas, coconuts, rice and corn in the worst affected areas.
Save the Children’s country director in the Philippines Ned Olney said: “We are extremely concerned for the welfare of children affected by the storm. From our own experience responding to other storms in the Philippines we know that children are always the most vulnerable in a disaster, so in the coming days we will determine what support they will need.”
Save the Children has emergency supplies in place to get to those affected, if necessary. It has three main warehouses across the country—one in Luzon, one in Visayas and one in Mindanao—that are stocked with emergency relief items such as tarpaulins that can serve as emergency shelter, basic household items, hygiene items and water kits.