On the morning of 18 October, Typhoon Koppu (known locally as "Lando") made landfall in the Philippines on the east coast of Luzon, the country's biggest island. The second-strongest storm to hit the Philippines this year, Koppu triggered floods and landslides, toppled trees and power lines, and forced more than 100,000 people from their homes. At least three deaths have been confirmed.
A major emergency response operation is underway in seven regions of Luzon where torrential rains caused massive flooding along the storm's path. The slow-moving typhoon brought heavy rain to some of the nation's most important farming areas, leaving residents of flooded farming villages trapped on their rooftops.
ChildFund Philippines has been monitoring the situation through its local partners in affected areas. In Quezon, staff reported damaging winds and power outages, with many families evacuated from their homes. Power is also down in Ifugao and Mountain Province, and some roads are no longer safely passable because of landslides. Schools and offices are closed.
"Koppu is a slow-moving typhoon, so while Southern and Eastern Luzon are no longer experiencing the typhoon’s effects, the North is only now enduring the typhoon," Katherine Manik, national director of ChildFund Philippines, said on Monday.
“Our main priority is to ensure children are safe and protected. We have extensive experience in responding to disasters in the Philippines, including supporting children and families in the aftermath of Typhoon Haiyan.”
The full extent of the damage is still unknown, and in particular, the damage to the agriculture sector.
ChildFund's local partner in Quezon has started a rapid assessment, along with their local disaster risk reduction and management council.
In Ifugao and Mountain Province, where communications are currently down, assessments will begin as soon as possible.
The Philippines Government is not seeking international assistance at this time, although targeted support provided with in-country resources is welcome.
The typhoon exited the Philippines on Tuesday evening.
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