One of the most powerful storms in recent history is making landfall in the Philippines and will hit full-force within hours (Friday morning local time). As Super Typhoon Haiyan approaches, Mercy Corps teams in the region are standing by to respond should the situation require it.
The Joint Typhoon Warning Center has estimated the storm's sustained winds are near 195 mph — equivalent to a Category 5 hurricane. Such an intense surge of rain and wind is likely to be devastating to the island nation.
As many as 10 million people who live on the central islands are most at risk in the storm's direct path, and the local weather agency, Pagasa, has warned more than 30 provinces across the country to be prepared for possible flash floods and landslides, according to CNN.
Mercy Corps has worked to provide financial services to low income families in the Philippines for some years and we understand well the vulnerability of communities here.
Our emergency response teams in the region are prepared to help as needed, and we will keep you updated as the situation develops.
Update: Mercy Corps has launched an emergency response to reach survivors in the Philippines.